Äynu (ئهﻳنوُ)

Äynu is a Turkic language spoken by about 6,570 people in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China, particularly on the edge of the Taklimakan Desert in the Tarim Basin. Its grammar is similar to Uyghur, and much of its vocabulary is of Iranian origin. It is also known as Aini, Aynu, Ainu, Eyni or Abdal, and has no relation to Ainu, the language spoken in Japan.

Äynu men tend to use Äynu as a secret language, and speak Uyghur with woman and outsiders.

When written, which is rarely, Äynu is written with a version of the Uyghur Arabic alphabet.

Arabic alphabet for Äynu

Arabic alphabet for Äynu

Information about the Äynu alphabet provided by Wolfram Siegel

Links

Information about the Äynu language
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Äynu_language
http://www.ethnologue.org/show_language.asp?code=aib

Numbers in Äynu
http://lingweb.eva.mpg.de/numeral/Einu.htm

Turkic languages

Altay, Äynu, Azerbaijani, Bashkir, Chuvash, Crimean Tatar, Gagauz, Karachay-Balkar, Karaim, Karakalpak, Kazakh, Khakas, Krymchak, Kumyk, Kyrgyz, Nogai, Old Turkic, Salar, Shor, Tatar, Teleut, Tofa, Turkish, Turkmen, Tuvan, Urum, Uyghur, Uzbek, Yakut

Other languages written with the Arabic alphabet


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