L1 users: 4,180 (2015 UNSD). Ethnic population: 47,000. Total users in all countries: 9,180.
Central district: Letihakane, Motopi, Rakops, and Xumu; North West district: Maun, Shorobe up to Daunara, Gumare, Ikoga, Mababe, Nokaneng, Sankoyo, Sepopo, Seronga, and Shakawe.
SVO; postpositions; articles, adjectives, numerals after noun heads; relatives before or after; question word initial; 4 prefixes, one suffix; word order distinguishes subjects, objects, indirect objects; noun affixes indicate case; verb affixes mark person, number, gender; CVC; nontonal.
43% who learned Yeyi from their parents said they speak Yeyi best, 57% said they speak Tswana [tsn] best. 12% of respondents said they speak only Yeyi to their children, 9% speak Yeyi and Tswana to their children. In some villages, children speak Yeyi, including Seronga, Sepopa, Ikoga, Jau. In many villages used only by those over 40. All also use Tswana [tsn]. Also use English [eng], especially young people who have attended secondary school.
Latin script [Latn].