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.
Information about the Äynu alphabet provided by Wolfram Siegel
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Information about the Äynu language
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