Jinuo, Youle

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A language of China

Alternate Names
Jino, Youle
Population

10,000 (Bradley 2007). Ethnic population: All Jinuo: 20,900 (Bradley 2007).

Location

South Yunnan Province, Xishuangbanna Dai autonomous prefecture, near Laos and Myanmar borders, east of Jinghong. Youle mountains. 40 villages.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened). Language of recognized nationality: Jinuo.

Dialects

Youle and Buyuan dialects not mutually inherently intelligible. Chinese used to communicate.

Typology

SOV; initial consonant clusters (stop or nasal plus, r); no syllable-final consonants; mostly monosyllabic words; tonal, 6 tones.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Some also use Chinese [cmn]. Chinese used in education. Also use Lü [khb].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 83%. Films.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion.