Jino language

Pronunciation [tɕy˦no˦] or [ki˦nʲo˦][1]
Region southern Yunnan (People's Republic of China)
Ethnicity Jino
Native speakers
21,000 (2007)[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Either:
jiu  Youle Jinuo
jiy  Buyuan Jinuo
Glottolog jino1236[3]

Jino (Jinuo; autonyms: tɕy˦no˦, ki˦nʲo˦) is a pair of Loloish languages spoken by the Jino people of Yunnan. The two languages, Youle and Buyuan, are not mutually intelligible. There is no official written form. Most Jino also speak one of the Tai languages or Chinese.


  1. Lama, Ziwo Qiu-Fuyuan (2012), Subgrouping of Nisoic (Yi) Languages, thesis, University of Texas at Arlington
  2. Youle Jinuo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Buyuan Jinuo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  3. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Jino". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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