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Nisu, Eastern

A language of China

ISO 639-3nos

Population  75,000 (2004), decreasing.
Region  Yunnan, Jianshui, Tonghai, Gejiu, Kaiyuan, Mengzi, Pingbian, Hekou counties.
Language map  Southwestern China
Alternate names   Nisu, Shiping-Jianshui Nisu, Shiping-Jianshui Yi
Classification  Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Burmic, Ngwi, Northern
Language use  Language is active in areas with high concentrations of Nisu. However, there is increasing borrowing of lexical items from Chinese. Code switching between Nisu and Chinese is common. Many working age males and females spend at least part of the year working in the towns or cities that are predominantly inhabited by Chinese. Mainly adults. Neutral attitude. Also use Chinese [cmn] or Northern Nisu [yiv].
Language development  There is a traditional orthography for Nisu, related to but distinct from the traditional orthographies used by some other Yi languages. Few people nowadays can read this orthography.
Writing system  Yi script.
Comments  Classified as Yi nationality. Agriculturalists; some animal husbandry. Polytheist, traditional religion.