Information from: “East and Southeast Asia” (349-424) . David Bradley (2007) , C. Moseley · London & New York: Routledge
40 percent certain, based on the evidence available
About 40,000 group members within the Yi nationality, but far fewer speakers.
SPEAKER NUMBER TRENDS
OTHER LANGUAGES USED BY THE COMMUNITY
varieties of Nasu
LANGUAGE CONTEXT COMMENTS
Known as Gan Yi, ‘dry Yi’, in Chinese, one of several groups so called, subservient to the Hei Yi, ‘black Yi’ nobility and Bai Yi, ‘white Yi’ commoner Nasu and Nosu. Laka was the term used in early missionary contacts; it is the Nasu name for the group. Being replaced by Chinese and/or varieties of closely related Nasu.
Yunnan, northern Wuding, Luquan and Yuanmou counties; Sichuan, southern Huili and western Miyi counties
Information from: “Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger” . Christopher Moseley (ed.) (2010) UNESCO Publishing