Chinese, Jinyu


A language of China

Alternate Names
Jin, Jinyu

46,100,000 (2013).


Nei Mongol Autonomous Region, Shaanxi, and Shanxi provinces; some in Beijing, Gansu, west Hebei, and Henan provinces.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous). Language of recognized nationality: Han.


Pingyao, Changzhi. Formerly considered part of Xibei Guanhua dialect of Mandarin Chinese [cmn], but now considered by many a separate major dialect of Chinese. Unlike Mandarin, it has contrastive glottal-checked syllables and other distinctive features. A member of macrolanguage Chinese [zho].


SVO; tonal.

Language Use

All ages. Also use Mandarin Chinese [cmn].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 91% (2000 census, Han nationality). Highly literate in Chinese and they use that literature.

Han script, Simplified variant [Hans]. Han script, Traditional variant [Hant].

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