Ainu

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A language of China

Alternate Names
Aini, Aynu, Ejnu, Eynu, Šäyxil, “Abdal” (pej.)
Population

6,570 (2000).

Location

Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region: Hetian, Luopu, Moyu, Shache, Shulekuche, and Yingjisha counties; Yengixar (Shule) town, Hanalik and Paynap villages in Kashgar area, and Gewoz village near Hoban.

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Language Status

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

Dialects

Has the same grammar as Uyghur [uig] but much Persian [pes] vocabulary. Some consider it a dialect of Uyghur, others an Iranian language heavily influenced by Uyghur.

Language Use

Home. Some young people, all adults. Also use Uyghur [uig], with outsiders.

Language Development
Dictionary.
Other Comments

Do not intermarry with ethnic Uyghur. Muslim.

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