Samei language

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Native to China
Ethnicity Yi
Native speakers
20,000 (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 smh
Glottolog same1240[2]

Samei is a Loloish language of Yunnan, China closely related to Sani (Bradley 2005). It is spoken in and around Ala Township 阿拉彝族乡, just southeast of downtown Kunming.


  1. ^ Samei at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Samei". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 

Bradley, David (2005). "Sanie and language loss in China". International Journal of the Sociology of Language. 2005 (173): 159–176. doi:10.1515/ijsl.2005.2005.173.159.