Akeu language

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Akeu
Ake
Native toChina, Burma, Laos
Native speakers
(ca. 14,000 cited 1996–2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3aeu
Glottologakeu1235  Akeu
ELPAkeu

Akeu is a Loloish language mainly spoken in Jinghong and Mengla County, China, with smaller populations of speakers in Burma, Laos, and Thailand. Gokhy may be related.

Distribution[edit]

Akeu (Ake 阿克; autonym: Gouke 勾克) is spoken in the following locations of Yunnan (You 2013:172).[2] The Akeu migrated from Mojiang County to the Xishuangbanna (西双版纳, Sipsongpanna) area 8 generations ago (about 300 years ago).

  • Ganlanba 橄榄坝, Menghan Township 勐罕镇, Jinghong City 景洪市;
  • Menglong Township 勐龙镇, Jinghong City 景洪市;
  • Sanda Mountain 三达山, Jinghong City 景洪市;
  • Menglun Township 勐仑镇, Mengla County 勐腊县;
  • Yiwu District 易武乡, Mengla County 勐腊县.

Dialects[edit]

The Akeu dialects of Kyaingtong, Myanmar and Menglun 勐仑镇, Mengla County, China are similar. The following words from these two Akeu dialects are from Hayashi (2015).[3]

Gloss Kyaingtong Akeu Menglun Akeu
tea lɔ⁵⁵bo²¹ lɔ⁵⁵bɔ²¹
pig wa̱²¹ wa̱²¹
bird kɛ²¹a²¹ kja̱²¹
salt tsa̱²¹dɤ̱²¹ tsa̱²¹dɤ̱²¹
buffalo u³³na⁵⁵ mo²¹na³³
four li²¹ li²¹
to fly bɛ³³ bɛ³³

Vocabulary[edit]

The Akeu numerals are:[4]

  • 1. tɯʔ˨
  • 2. ɲ̩ʔ˨
  • 3. hɛ˦
  • 4. li˨
  • 5. ŋa˨
  • 6. koʔ˨
  • 7. siʔ˨
  • 8. eʔ˨
  • 9. ɡy˨
  • 10. tsʰə˦

References[edit]

  1. ^ Akeu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ You Weiqiong [尤伟琼]. 2013. Classifying ethnic groups of Yunnan [云南民族识别研究]. Beijing: Ethnic Publishing House [民族出版社].
  3. ^ Hayashi, Norihiko. 2015. Two Akeu Dialects in Myanmar and China. Paper presented at SEALS 25, Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
  4. ^ Kosonen, Tuula. 2015. Akeu numerals.