Azha language

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Native toChina
Native speakers
53,000 (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3aza

Azha is one of the Loloish languages spoken by the Yi people of China.


In Azha, the words for ‘goat’, ‘eat’, and ‘drink’ are innovative (Pelkey 2011:377). Luojiayi Azha[3] /mɛ˧xɛ˧/ ‘goat’, /la̠˦˥/ ‘eat’, /ŋɨ˧/ ‘drink’ are not derived from Proto-Ngwi *(k)-citL ‘goat’, *dza² ‘eat’, and *m-daŋ¹ ‘drink’.


  1. ^ Azha at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Azha". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ The representative dialect studied in Pelkey (2011) is that of Luojiayi 倮家邑, Binglie Township 秉烈乡, Wenshan Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture.
  • Pelkey, Jamin. 2011. Dialectology as Dialectic: Interpreting Phula Variation. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.