Ainu

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A language of China

Alternate Names
Abdal, Aini, Aynu
Population

6,570 (2000).

Location

Southwest Xinjiang Autonomous Region, Hetian, Luopu, Moyu, Shache, Yingjisha, and Shulekuche counties; Kashgar area, Yengixar (Shule) town, Hanalik and Paynap villages, and Gewoz village near Hoban.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Has the same grammar as Uyghur [uig] but much Persian [pes] vocabulary. Some consider it a dialect of Uyghur, others an Iranian language heavily influenced by Uyghur.

Language Use

Home. Uyghur [uig] spoken to outsiders.

Other Comments

Officially classified within Uyghur nationality, but do not intermarry with ethnic Uyghur. Muslim (Sunni).