Nisu, Southwestern

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A language of China

Population

15,000 (2007), decreasing.

Location

Yunnan province: Jiangcheng, west Lüchun, Mojiang, Pu’er, and Simao counties.

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Language Status

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

Dialects

Yuanyang Nisu, Mojiang Nisu.

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 Mandarin Chinese [cmn].

Writing

Yi script [Yiii], traditional, limited usage.