|100 (2002, Ethnologue)|
Kyirong is a language from the subgroup of Tibetic languages spoken in the Gyirong County of the Shigatse prefecture, of the Tibetan Autonomous Region.
Kyirong has lexical tone, with a three-tone system.
There is a varying degree of mutual intelligibility between Kyirong and other Kyirong-Yolmo varieties. It is most closely related to the Nubri and Gyalsomdo languages, and more distantly related to other languages in the family.
There are 36 consonants in Kyirong, which are summarized in the table below.
There are eight places of articulation for vowels. There is a length distinction at each place of articulation, as well as a long nasalised vowel.
|Close||i iː iː||y yː yː||u uː uː|
|Half-close||e eː eː||ø øː øː||ɔ ɔː ɔː|
|Half-open||ɛ ɛː ɛː|
|Open||a aː aː|
Kyriong has a three tone system; high, medium and low. Low tone is often accompanied by breathy voice.