Limi language

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Native toChina
Native speakers
29,000 (2002)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3ylm

Limi (autonym: li33 mi33)[3] is a Loloish language spoken in Yongde, Fengqing, and Yun counties of western Yunnan province, China.


Limi is spoken in the following locations.[4]

Yang (2017)[3] reports that Limi is spoken by about 20,000 people in Yongde, Fengqing, and Yun counties. Limi speakers make up 70% of the 26,000 people living in Wumulong Township (乌木龙乡), Yongde County, Yunnan. About 2,600 members of a nearby ethnic group called "Luo" (倮族) (likely Lolopo) also live in and around Wumulong.[3]


Limi is likely most closely related to Lolopo, but also has many Lalo loanwords.[3]


Limi speakers likely migrated from Jingdong County during the early 1300s, first arriving in Bangmai Village (邦卖/班卖), Fengqing County, and then later migrating to Wumulong Township, Yongde County.[3]


  1. ^ Limi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Limi". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ a b c d e Yang, Cathryn. 2017. "Introducing Limi: a rising tone is born". In Sociohistorical Linguistics in Southeast Asia: New Horizons for Tibeto-Burman Studies in honor of David Bradley. Brill.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-08-01. Retrieved 2013-07-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  • Wang Xingzhong [王兴中] & Zhao Weihua [赵卫华]. 2013. Geography and multilingualism in Lincang [临沧地理与双语使用]. Kunming: Yunnan People's Press [云南人民出版社]. ISBN 978-7-222-08581-7
  • Yang, Cathryn. n.d. Limi wordlist.