A language of China

ISO 639-3: wuh

Population 2,000 (1995).
Region Eastern Qinghai Province, Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Tongren County, Longwu township, Upper and Lower Wutun villages and Jiangchama village.
Alternate names   Wutun
Classification Mixed Language, Chinese-Tibetan-Mongolian







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Part of the Tu nationality. Reported to be a variety of Chinese heavily influenced by Tibetan or perhaps a Tibetan language undergoing relexification with Chinese forms. Also described as Chinese which converged to an agglutinative language, using only Chinese material, towards Tibetan-Mongolian. Neighboring Tibetans refer to the Wutun people as 'Sanggaixiong', meaning 'center of the lion'. Known for their paintings of Buddha. Some consider themselves members of the Tu nationality, others Han Chinese. SOV; adjectives follow nouns; adverbials precede predicate; case and number marked on nouns; prenasalized consonants; 11 different syllable-final consonants; tone and stress have low functional load; most words polysyllabic; 60% Chinese, 20% Tibetan vocabulary with the rest having mixed Chinese and Tibetan elements. Agriculturalists. Buddhist (Lamaist).