Sani language

Southeastern Yi
Native to China
Ethnicity Yi
Native speakers
100,000 (2007)[1]
Yi script
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ysn
Glottolog sani1269[2]

Sani (Chinese: 撒尼 Sani) is one of the Loloish languages spoken by the Yi people of China. It is one of six Yi languages recognized by the Chinese government, under the name Southeastern Yi.

The Sani [sa˨˩ni˨˩] call themselves [ni˨˩]. Their language is distinct from the closely related Samei, whose speakers call themselves Sani [sa˨˩ni˥˧].[1]


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