15,000 (2007), decreasing.
Yunnan province: Jiangcheng, west Lüchun, Mojiang, Pu’er, and Simao counties.
6b (Threatened). Language of recognized nationality: Yi.
Yuanyang Nisu, Mojiang Nisu.
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].
Yi script [Yiii], traditional, limited usage.