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 2007a).
Yunnan province: Changning, Fengqing, Jingdong, Midu, Nanjian, Weishan, Yangbi, and Yunlong counties.
7 (Shifting). 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. Also use Mandarin Chinese [cmn], especially young people.
Western Yi dialect. Traditional religion.