Axi language

Native to China
Ethnicity Yi
Native speakers
100,000 (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 yix
Glottolog axiy1235[2]

Axi (Chinese 阿细 Axi ; Ahi; autonym: ɑ˨˩ɕi˥pʰo˨˩) is one of the Loloish languages spoken by the Yi people of China. The Axi are one of the main linguistic sub-branches of Yi, and the Axi tiaoyue is a dance of the Axi speaking Yi people accompanied by the sanhu.[3]


  1. Axi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Axi Yi". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. 李勇翔 中国少数民族音乐 2006 "彝族三胡彝族三胡是彝族特有的弓弦乐器。云南彝族的两大支系"撒尼"与"阿细"人的民间乐舞"阿细跳月"常用此乐器演奏。"
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