Shixing

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A language of China

Alternate Names
Xumi
Population

1,800 (2000 D. Bradley). 1,000 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 2,000 (2000 D. Bradley).

Location

Sichuan province: Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture, Muli Tibetan autonomous county, Shuiluo township.

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Language Status

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

Dialects

Restricted mutual intelligibility between the Upper and the Lower Reaches dialects; salient phonological, lexical and grammatical differences between the two varieties.

Typology

SOV; adjectives and number-classifier constructions follow noun heads; consonant cluster initials; tonal, 2 tones, word-template tone.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Some also use Mandarin Chinese [cmn]. Also use Central Tibetan [bod], Khams Tibetan [khg], Lahu [lhu], Naxi [nxq], Northern Pumi [pmi], Southern Pumi [pmj].

Language Development
Poetry. Dictionary.
Other Comments

Buddhist, traditional religion.

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