Namuyi

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A language of China

Alternate Names
Naimuci, Naimuzi
Population

5,000 (Bradley 2007). 200 monolinguals, mainly older adults. Ethnic population: 5,000 (Bradley 2007).

Location

Sichuan Province, Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture, Mianning, Muli, Xichang, and Yanyuan counties; southwest Sichuan, Ganzi (Garzê) Tibetan autonomous prefecture, Jiulong (Gyaisi) county.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Eastern Namuyi, Western Namuyi. Low intelligibility between dialects, with lexical and phonological differences.

Typology

SOV; adjectives and number-classifier constructions follow noun heads; compounding; affixation; consonant cluster onsets but no consonantal codas; tense-lax vowel distinction; nasalized and retroflexed vowels; tonal, 4 tones

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. About 2,000 also use Mandarin Chinese [cmn], 500 also use Lipo [lpo], 500 Pumi [pmi], a few Tibetan [bod] or Ersu [ers].

Language Development
Generally better educated than Yi or Tibetan peoples. Dictionary. Grammar.
Other Comments

Officially classified within Tibetan nationality. Traditional religion, Daoist, Buddhist.