Man Met language

Man Met
Native toChina
RegionSouthwest Yunnan
Native speakers
(900 cited 1990)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
mml – Man Met
kfj – Kemie (duplicate code)
Glottologkemi1240  Kemiehua
manm1238  Man Met
ELPMan Met

Man Met, or Kemie (Chinese: 克蔑话 Kemiehua), is a poorly classified Austroasiatic language spoken by about 1,000 people in Jinghong County, Xishuangbanna, China. It is classified as an Angkuic language by Paul Sidwell (2010). It may be or Mangic according to Li Yunbing (2005),[2] or Palaungic. Like most other Austroasiatic languages, Kemie has subject–verb–object (SVO) word order.

Autonyms include man˩˧ met˥˧ 曼咪, kʰɤ˧˩ met˥˧ 克蔑, and kʰɤ˧˩ miŋ˧ 克敏 (Chen 2005:1), or khaʔ˧ min˧ (Yan & Zhou 2012:154).


Kemie is spoken in the following villages by just over 1,000 people (Chen 2005:1).

  • Jinghong Township 景洪镇
    • Xiaomanmi 小曼咪村 (58 households, 256 persons)[3]
    • Damanmi 大曼咪村 (53 households, 234 persons)[4]
    • Jiangtou Manmi 江头曼咪村 (33 households, 124 persons)[5]
  • Manmi 曼咪村 (man13 met53) of Gadong Township 嘎东乡 (51 households, 228 persons)[6]
  • Sanjia 三家村 of Mengyang Township 勐养镇 (46 households, 200 persons)[7]


Further reading

  • Chen Guoqing [陈国庆]. 2005. A Study of Kemie [Kemie yu yan jiu 克蔑语研究]. Beijing: Ethnic Publishing House [民族出版社].
  • Gao Yongqi [高永奇]. 2004. A Study of Buxing [Buxing yu yan jiu 布兴语研究]. Beijing: Ethnic Publishing House [民族出版社].
  • Yan Qixiang [颜其香] & Zhou Zhizhi [周植志] (2012). Mon-Khmer languages of China and the Austroasiatic family [中国孟高棉语族语言与南亚语系]. Beijing: Social Sciences Academy Press [社会科学文献出版社].

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