Native toChina
Native speakers
ca. 54,000 (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3yiz

Azhe (Chinese: 阿哲; Azhepo; autonym: [a21 dʐɛ22 pʰo21]) is one of the Loloish languages spoken by the Yi people of China.[2][3]


Wang Chengyou (王成有) (2003:210)[4] lists 3 dialects of Azhe, which are all mutually intelligible.

Azhe is spoken in Mile, Huaning, Kaiyuan, and Jianshui counties, with about 100,000 speakers.


  1. ^ Azhe at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Halina Wasilewska in ed. Nathan Hill Medieval Tibeto-Burman Languages IV 2012 Page 449 "... the writing as the basis and which corresponds to the classification of the Yi languages, present day traditional Yi writing can be sub-divided into five main varieties (Huáng Jiànmíng 1993), i.e. the Nuosu, Nasu, Nisu, Sani and Azhe varieties."
  3. ^ 黄建明 Huáng Jiànmíng 彝族古籍文献概要 1993 Yizu guji wenxian gaiyao [Outline of classical literature of Yi nationality]. By Huang Jianming. Yunnan minzu chubanshe, 1993.
  4. ^ Wang Chengyou [王成有]. 2003. Yiyu Fangyan Bijiao Yanjiu [彝语方言比较研究]. Chengdu: Sichuan People's Press [四川民族出版社]. ISBN 7540927658