Miao-Yao


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Miao-Yao

 (myou′you′)

Miao-Yao

(ˈmyaʊˈyaʊ)

n.
a family of languages spoken in S China and mainland Southeast Asia, comprising the languages of the Hmong and the Yao.
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I volunteered in 1960 to work in Laos because of its Chinese cross-border minority nationalities and especially the Miao-Yao group I had selected as a possible proto-Chinese stock in the context of my encyclopedic synthesis of the anthropology of China2 In my eyes, the (H)mong were also a rare example, in the anthropology of China, of a completely illiterate society with an exclusively oral tradition.
The construction of the Miao nationality in the 1950s has tried to focus on groups more or less linguistically related in a vast set of populations speaking a large span of languages known as the Miao-Yao group.
com, Miao-Yao (myou'you') is a small group of languages whose speakers are found in mountainous areas of southern China and Southeast Asia (13).