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.
Southeast Yunnan Province, Mile and Luxi counties. Shilin county, 1 village.
6b (Threatened). Language of recognized nationality: Yi.
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.