Bookkeeping: Bisu (Retired)

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: Split into Bisu [bzi] (new identifier) and Laomian [lwm]

  • Change request: 2007-092
  • ISO 639-3: bii
  • Name: Bisu
  • Reason: split
  • Effective: 2008-01-14

Excerpt from change request document:

Laomian is sometimes included in Bisu by Chinese linguists. Xu (2005:100) confirms this affiliation but notes that degrees of intelligibility vary between Thailand Bisu and Laomian speakers in different areas; in contrast, Xu reports that the related dialect Laopin shares ease of intelligibility with Bisu. Bradley (2002:106) recommends Laomian as a distinct language, and remarks (personal communication) that intelligibility between Bisu and Laomian is low in particular. Zhang (2004) also considers Laomian to be a distinct variety. Bradley recommends that Laopin (spoken by only 240 people in China) be considered a dialect of Thailand Bisu [bii] and Laomian be considered a distinct language [lwm]* closely related to Bisu [bii].

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