Bookkeeping: Puwa Yi

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 three languages: Hlepho Phowa [yhl], Labo Phowa [ypb], and Ani Phowa [ypn]

  • Change request: 2007-122
  • ISO 639-3: ypw
  • Name: Puwa Yi
  • Reason: split
  • Effective: 2008-01-14

Excerpt from change request document:

Phowa speakers are classified under the Yi nationality officially and are affiliated with the Phula ethnic group historically. Although all varieties of Phowa are closely related, a complex dialect continuum has developed within Phowa which features numerous transitional varieties--not all of which are mutually intelligible (cf. Pelkey forthcoming 2008). The three extremes of this dialect continuum feature varieties which are unintelligible to the majority of the remaining Phowa speaking population, and speakers in these three regions are also offset from each other by three corresponding embedded ethnic identities--each unique: Ani, Labo, and Hlepho. These three distinct identities are recognized by ingroup and outgroup Phowa speakers alike and find expression not only in autonyms but also in material culture as is sometimes reported in Chinese sources such as KYSZ (1996).

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