Micha
Michie
Central Yi
Native toChina
RegionYunnan
Ethnicity>1,000 (1999)[1] to 50,000 Yi (2007)[2]
Native speakers
30,000 (2007)[2]
(assuming an ethnic population of 50,000)
Language codes
ISO 639-3yiq
Glottologmiqi1235
ELPMiqie Yi

Micha, or Miqie (Chinese: 密察语; pinyin: Mìcháyǔ; autonym: mi˥tɕʰe˨˩ pʰo˨˩[3]), is a Loloish language of Yunnan. Its usage is declining.

Classification

Micha (mi55 tɕʰi21 or mi55 tɕʰe21) is most closely related to Lipo, Lolopo, and Lisu.[4]

The autonym mi13 sɑ21 pɑ21[5] is used by Lalo speakers, and should not be confused with Micha.

Distribution

Micha is spoken by about 9,000 persons in north-central Yunnan, in Wuding County, Luquan County, and Fumin County.[4]

According to the Nanjian County Gazetteer (1993), Micha (密岔) is also spoken in Nanjian County, around Aliwu (阿里勿)[6] and Santaishan (三台山),[7] southeast of Dali.

References

  1. ^ "Micha" (PDF). Asia Harvest. Retrieved 2021-11-03.
  2. ^ a b Micha at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  3. ^ Yunnan Province Ethnic Minority Languages Gazetteer (云南省志:少数民族语言文字志) (1997), p.30
  4. ^ a b Gao 2014
  5. ^ Yunnan Province Ethnic Minority Languages Gazetteer (云南省志:少数民族语言文字志) (1997), p.57
  6. ^ "Nánjiàn Yízú Zìzhìxiàn Bǎohuá Zhèn Yúnhuá Cūnwěihuì Ālǐwù" 南涧彝族自治县宝华镇云华村委会阿里勿 [Aliwu, Yunhua Village Committee, Baohua Town, Nanjian Yi Autonomous County]. ynszxc.gov.cn (in Chinese). Archived from the original on 2014-12-19.
  7. ^ "Nánjiàn Yízú Zìzhìxiàn Nánjiàn Zhèn Bǎo'ān Cūnwěihuì Sāntáishān" 南涧彝族自治县南涧镇保安村委会三台山 [Santaishan, Baoan Village Committee, Nanjian Town, Nanjian Yi Autonomous County]. ynszxc.gov.cn (in Chinese). Archived from the original on 2014-12-19. Retrieved 2014-12-07.

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