1,000 (1994). Most monolingual. Ethnic population: All Jinuo: 20,900 (Bradley 2007).
South Yunnan Province, Xishuangbanna Dai autonomous prefecture, near Laos and Myanmar borders, east of Jinghong. Youle mountains. 40 villages.
6b (Threatened). Language of recognized nationality: Jinuo.
Buyuan and Youle dialects not inherently intelligible. Chinese used for communication.
SOV; initial consonant clusters (stop or nasal plus, r); no syllable-final consonants; mostly monosyllabic words; tonal, 6 tones.
Latin script [Latn].