Yansi language

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Yansi
Eyansi
Native toDR Congo
Native speakers
100,000 (1997)[1]
plus 13,000 Ntsuo (2002)
Dialects
  • Yans proper
  • Mbiem
  • Yeei
  • Tsong
  • Mpur
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
yns – Yansi
soo – Songo (Tsong)
Glottologyans1239  Yansi[2]
song1299  Songo[3]
B.85[4]

Yans (Yanzi, Songo) is a Bantu language spoken in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

There are six language varieties Guthrie classified as Bantu B.85 (Yans). According to Nurse (2003), most belong to the Yaka language, but one or two are assigned to the Boma–Dzing languages (ex-Yanzi); he does not say which ones.

Maho (2009) notes that the Tsong variety of Yansi is the unclassified "Songo" language of Ethnologue and is the one that does not belong with the rest. Ehret (2009), however, retains most varieties in B.80 and classifies only "Yanz Kimatu" as Yaka. The six Guthrie varieties are the following:

  • B.85A Mbiem, West Yansi
  • B.85B East Yans
  • B.85C Yeei
  • B.85D Tsong (Itsong, Nsong, Ntsuo, "Songo")
  • B.85E Mpur (Mput)
  • B.85F Tsambaan

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yansi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Songo (Tsong) at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Yansi". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Nsong". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  4. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online