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Extinct: no
Family: Altaic
Branch: Tungusic
Continent: Asia
Country: China
Region: Hulunbuir Banners Ewenki, Moriadawa, Oronchon, Chen Bargu, Arong, Ergune East, and Huisuomu in Inner Mongolia; Nale Prefecture in Heilongjiang Province; and a few in Xinjiang. Also spoken in Mongolia, Russia (Asia).
Countries Where Spoken: 19,000 in China (1999 Chaoke). 3,000 monolinguals. Population total all countries: 29,000. Ethnic population: 34,000 in China. Mongolia, Russia.
Countries Where Official: China
Native Speakers: 19,000
Speakers Total: 29,000
Phrasebase members who speak Evenki at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Evenki at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Evenki: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Evenki: 0
Three Letter Code: EVN
Summary: Significant dialect differences from Russia. They maintain native language and customs. It has official regional recognition in China. Speakers of other languages in the area use Evenki as second language. All domains. All ages. Positive language attitude. Bilinguals use Mongolian, Daur, Chinese, or Oroqen as second language. Written Mongolian and Chinese used as literary languages. Herdsmen use Mongolian as second language, farmers use Chinese. Vigorous. Literacy rate in second language: 81%. Radio programs. TV. Dictionary. Grammar. An official nationality. "Solon" is their name for themselves in China, but they also now use the official name "Ewenke". "Sulong" and "Solong" may be alternate spellings. Mountain forests, marshlands. Nomadic pastoralists: reindeer; hunters; agriculturalists; forestry. Shamanist, Buddhist (Lamaist).

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