Jinuo, Buyuan

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A language of China

Alternate Names
Buyuan, Jino
Population

1,000 (1994). Most monolingual. 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

Buyuan and Youle dialects not inherently intelligible. Chinese used for communication.

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. Also use Lü [khb], Mandarin Chinese [cmn].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 83% in any language (2000 census, Jinuo nationality). Grammar.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion.