Axi

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A language of China

Alternate Names
Ahi, Axibo, Axipo
Population

100,000 (Bradley 2007), decreasing. Elderly and women over 35 are monolingual. L2 users: L2 users are only those who have married into Axi families.

Location

Southeast Yunnan Province, Mile and Luxi counties. Shilin county, 1 village.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened). Language of recognized nationality: Yi.

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Many Axi aged 30 or less are unfamiliar with botanical or zoological terms, and tend to be unfamiliar with traditional stories and legends. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Those early 30’s and under are highly proficient in the local Chinese dialect and Mandarin.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 0%. Literacy rate in L2: Low. Taught in primary schools. Poetry. Dictionary. Grammar.
Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Traditional religion.