Nisu language

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Southern Yi
Native to China
Ethnicity Yi
Native speakers
300,000 apart from Northern (2004–2007)[2]
160,000 Northern (no date)[3]
Yi logograms
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
nsd – Southern
yiv – Northern
nos – Eastern
nsv – Southwestern (duplicate or spurious code)[1]
nsf – Northwestern
Glottolog nisu1237  (Nisu–Nyisu)[4]

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. The Yi script was traditionally used, though few can still read it.[2] According to Lama (2012), Nisu (Nishu) autonyms include ne̠˧su˥, ne̱˧su˥pʰo˨˩, and ɲe̠˧ʂu˥.

A variety of Nisu (autonym: ɲe33 su55 pʰo21) spoken in Aka Luoduo 阿卡洛多 village (also called Taiping village 太平村),[5] Tianfang Village 田房村, Jiangcheng County is covered in Lu Yan (2008)[6]


  1. ^ Hammarström (2015) Ethnologue 16/17/18th editions: a comprehensive review: online appendices
  2. ^ a b Southern at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Northern at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Eastern at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Southwestern (duplicate or spurious code)[1]
    at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Northwestern at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  3. ^ Northern Nisu at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)
  4. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Nisu–Nyisu". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
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  6. ^ Lu Yan 陆燕. 2008. 江城田房彝语结构助词研究. Journal of Yunnan Nationalities University 云南民族大学学报(哲学社会科学版). Vol. 25, No. 4, July 2008.