Nisu language

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Southern Yi
Native to China
Ethnicity Yi
Native speakers
480,000  (2004–2007)[1]
Yi logograms
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
nsd – Southern
yiv – Northern
nos – Eastern
nsv – Southwestern
nsf – Northwestern
Glottolog nisu1237  (Nisu–Nyisu)[2]

Nisu (Southern Yi) is a language cluster spoken by half a million Yi people of China. It is one of six Yi languages recognized by the government of China. A distinct form of the Yi script was traditionally used, though few can still read it.[3] According to Lama (2012), Nisu (Nishu) autonyms include ne̠˧su˥, ne̱˧su˥pʰo˨˩, and nʲe̠˧ʂu˥.


  1. ^ Southern at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Northern at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Eastern at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Southwestern at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Northwestern at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Nisu–Nyisu". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Eastern Nisu reference at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)