213,000 (2010 SIL). Over 500,000 in subgroup; many living further west, south or east do not speak the language; less than half are speakers, not all fluent and not many children (Bradley 2007).
West Yunnan Province, Weishan, Fengqing, Midu, Changning, Jingdong, Nanjian, Yangbi, and Yunlong counties.
6b (Threatened). Language of recognized nationality: Yi.
None known. Not intelligible with other Lalo languages.
SOV; 5 tones.
In many areas it is extinct or severely endangered; vital in some areas where parents teach their children and use it in most domains. High bilingualism in Chinese [cmn], especially among young people.
Western Yi dialect. Traditional religion.