Gejia
Ge, Zhong'an River Miao
家语, 重安江苗语
Native toChina
RegionGuizhou
EthnicityGejia
Native speakers
(60,000 cited 1995)[1]
Hmong–Mien
Dialects
  • Gejia
  • Dongjia
Language codes
ISO 639-3hmj
Glottologgeee1239

The Ge or Gejia language (Chinese:

家语), also known as Chong'anjiang Miao 重安江苗语, is a Miao language of Huangping County, Guizhou, China. The endonym is spelled Mhong, though it shares this with Huishui Miao; it is pronounced [m̥ōŋ], as in the Hmong language. When speaking Chinese, they call themselves Gédōu.

Gejia is spoken in eastern Guizhou, in speech islands within the area of the Hmu language, which includes the standard dialect.

Dongjia

The Dongjia (东家) language of Majiang County, Guizhou is closely related to Gejia. The Dongjia people are officially classified as She, but speak a West Hmongic language. Their autonym is Gameng (嘎孟), while the neighboring Raojia people call them Gadou (嘎斗). The Dongjia people of Liubao 六堡村, Xingshan Township 杏山镇, Majiang County was studied by Dong Bo (2008). Chen Xueyu (2011) considers Gejia and Dongjia to form two dialects of Chong'anjiang Miao, which belongs to the Chuanqiandian branch.

References

  1. ^ Gejia at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)

Works cited

  • Dong, Bo 董波 (2008). Cóng Dōngjia rén dào Shēzún - Guìzhōu Májiāng Xiàn Liùbǎo Cūn Shēzú de rénlèi xué kǎochá 从东家人到畲族—贵州麻江县六堡村畲族的人类学考察 [From Dongjia to She] (MA thesis) (in Chinese). Xiamen daxue. http://www.docin.com/p-467133563.html
  • Chen, Xueyu 陈雪玉 (2011). Lùn Dōngjiahuà zài Miáoyǔ Chuān Qián Diān fāngyán zhōng dì dìwèi 论东家话在苗语川黔滇方言中的地位 (MA thesis) (in Chinese). Zhongyang minzu daxue.