Yugur, West

A language of China

ISO 639-3: ybe
 

Population 2,600 (1999 Zhong Jinwen). Ethnic population: 6,000 (2000 D. Bradley).
Region Sunan Yugur Autonomous County near Zhangye (Kanchow) in northwest Gansu Province.
Alternate names   Sarygh Uygur, Sarig, Ya Lu, Yellow Uighur, Sari Yogur, Yuku, Yugu, Sary-Uighur
Classification Altaic, Turkic, Eastern
Language use Decreasing use. Used in religion, some commerce, oral literature. Positive language attitude. Speakers also use Mandarin Chinese.
Language development Literacy rate in second language: 59%. Written Chinese is in use.
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Part of the Yugur nationality. SOV. Mountain slope, plains. Animal husbandry; agriculturalists. Buddhist (Lamaist), Shamanist.