Bunu, Jiongnai

A language of China

ISO 639-3: pnu

Population 1,078 (1999 Mao Zongwu). 269 monolinguals.
Region Eastern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Jinxiu Yao Autonomous County.
Alternate names   Punu, Qiungnai, Kiong Nai, Jiongnai, Jiongnaihua, Hualan Yao
Dialects Very different from and unintelligible to speakers of surrounding Yao and other Bunu languages. Lexical similarity 52% with Bu-Nao Bunu.
Classification Hmong-Mien, Hmongic, Bunu
Language use Vigorous in most families. All domains. All ages. Indifferent language attitude. Speakers also use Mandarin, Zhuang, Iu Mien, Lakkia or Hmong.
Language development Grammar.


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Part of the Yao nationality. The Han call them 'Hualan Yao' which means 'Flowery Blue Yao'. 'Bunu' is a cover term for separate languages. Mountain slope, valleys, riverine. Agriculturalists: wet rice. Daoist, polytheist.