Bookkeeping: Ayi (China)

This entry has been retired and is featured here only for bookkeeping purposes. Either the entry has been replaced with one or more more accurate entries or it has been retired because it was based on a misunderstanding to begin with.

Retired in ISO 639-3: Merge into Anong [nun] as duplicate

  • Change request: 2010-020
  • ISO 639-3: ayx
  • Name: Ayi (China)
  • Reason: duplicate
  • Effective: 2011-05-18

Excerpt from change request document:

Apparently due to an error in reading Chinese linguistic sources (probably the Encyclopedic Dictionary of Chinese Linguistics) years ago, the name of a Nungish language spoken by some members of the Nu nationality group in China was mistakenly read as 阿依 ("Ayi" in Pinyin Romanization) rather than 阿侬 ("Anong") , and this was submitted to Ethnologue as "Ayi." Nu nationality intellectuals have confirmed that there are four languages spoken by members of this nationality group: Drung (which will probably need to be split into Drung and Anung/Along), Nusu, Rourou and Anong. There is no record of any language named "Ayi" spoken by members of the Nu nationality in Chinese literature or in the knowledge of local Nu intellectuals and therefore we conclude this is an error due to the similar appearance of the characters 侬 (nong) and 依 (yi).

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