Yi, Central

A language of China

ISO 639-3: ycl

Population 380,000 (1991 Encyclopedic Dictionary of Chinese Linguistics).
Region Central Yunnan, including Nanhua, Xiangyun, Yao'an, Jingdong, Chuxiong, Shuangbo, Mouding, Yanxing, Weishan, and Lufeng counties.
Alternate names   Lolopho
Dialects Nanhua Lolopho, Shuangbo Lolopho, Yao'an Lolopho.
Classification Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Lolo-Burmese, Loloish, Northern, Yi, Central Yi
Language use Vigorous. All ages. Positive language attitude.
Language development Newspapers. Radio programs. Films.

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Part of the Yi nationality. SOV; tonal, 4 tones; tonal splits. Mountain slope. Agriculturalists. Traditional religion, Christian.