Yansi language

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Yans
Eyansi
Native to DR Congo
Native speakers
100,000  (1997)[1]
plus 13,000 Ntsuo (2002)
Dialects
Yans proper
Mbiem
Yeei
Tsong
Mpur
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Either:
yns – Yansi
soo – Songo (Tsong)
Glottolog yans1239  (Yansi)[2]
song1299  (Songo)[3]
B.85[4]

Yans (Yanzi) is a Bantu language spoken in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

There are six language varieties Guthrie classified as Bantu B.85 (Yans). According to Nurse (2003), most belong with the Yaka language, though one or two are assigned to Boma–Dzing languages (ex-Yanzi), though he does not say which. Maho (2009) notes that the Tsong variety of Yansi is Ethnologue's unclassified "Songo" language, and so may be the one that does not belong with the rest. Ehret (2009), however, retains most varieties in B.80, and only classifies "Yanz Kimatu" as Yaka. The six Guthrie varieties are:

  • B.85A Mbiem, West Yansi
  • B.85B East Yans
  • B.85C Yeei
  • B.85D Tsong (Itsong, Nsong, Ntsuo, "Songo")
  • B.85E Mpur (Mput)
  • B.85F Tsambaan

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yansi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Songo (Tsong) at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Yansi". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Songo". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  4. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online