Nisu, Southwestern

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A language of China

Population

15,000 (2007), decreasing.

Location

Yunnan Province, Jiangcheng, Simao, Mojiang, Lüchun (western), Pu’er counties.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Mojiang Nisu, Yuanyang Nisu. Related to Northern Nisu [yiv] and Southern Nisu [nsd].

Language Use

Use higher for older people, women, uneducated men, or villages further removed from main roads. Nisu living in cities or counties are generally Sinicized. Mainly adults. Also use the local Chinese [cmn].

Writing
Yi script, traditional, limited usage.