Chinese, Jinyu

A language of China

ISO 639-3: cjy
 

Population 45,000,000 (1995).
Region Mainly in Shanxi Province, with some in Shaanxi and Henan provinces.
Alternate names   Jinyu
Dialects Formerly considered to be part of the Xibei Guanhua dialect of Mandarin, but now considered by many to be a separate major variety of Chinese. Unlike Mandarin in having contrastive glottal checked syllables and other distinctive features.
Classification Sino-Tibetan, Chinese
Language use Speakers are reported to be sufficiently bilingual in Standard Chinese to use that literature.
Language development Chinese script.
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Part of the Han nationality.