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Extinct: no
Family: Sino-Tibetan
Branch: South
Continent: Asia
Country: China
Region: Southeastern Guangdong Province, (Lianhua dialect in Haifeng and Huidong counties; Luofu dialect in Boluo and Zengcheng counties).
Countries Where Spoken: 965 speakers including 579 Luofu, 386 Lianhua (1995 McConnell) out of ethnic group of 630,378 (1990 census), including 270,000 in Fujian and a smaller group in Guangdong.
Countries Where Official: China
Native Speakers: 630,378
Speakers Total: 630,378
Phrasebase members who speak She at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak She at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is She: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is She: 0
Three Letter Code: SHX
Alternative Names: HUO NTE, HO NTE
Summary: Major linguistic differences with Mien. Closest to Jiongnai Bunu. Dialects are inherently intelligible. Classification within Hmong-Mien is in dispute (McConnell 1995:1320). People use Hakka or Min Chinese as second language. Written Chinese is in common use. "Shehua" refers to the variety of Hakka spoken by the She. Children are predominantly monolingual in She, adults predominantly bilingual. An official nationality. Grammar. SVO; 8 tones; modifiers precede heads; mainly monosyllabic roots, but mainly compound words; loans from Hakka and Cantonese Chinese. Mountain slope. Agriculturalists. Daoist.

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