message below has been received from Chinese colleagues through Christian
Galinski. I forward it to the list for your information.
now prepare a ballot based on the original submission and subsequent discussion
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Gesendet: Donnerstag, 05. September 2002
An: Christian Galinski
I am so sorry for the delay of my
reply.I missed to see your letter of 12,Aug.
Here's my reply to
(1)There are 6,578,524 Yi people reporting as a national
minority (1990 census). Of these:
520,000 are speakers of
905,000 are speakers of Eastern Yi
1,485,000 are speakers of Sichuan Yi (the standard Yi, using the syllabary that express phone) ≠
Liangshan Yi ≠ Da Liangshan=North Dialect
655,000 are speakers
of Southeastern Yi
603,000 are speakers of Western
900,000 are speakers of South Yi ≠ Ningliang
Yi ≠ Xiao Liangshan
Those figures add up to 5,453,564, meaning that
1,5105,24 identify with the Yi nationality but do not report as
(2) Is the syllabary the same in ALL Yi languages/dialects
using this script??? or are there differences???
Sichuan Yi (the
standard Yi) is used only in Liangshan, the other dialects use the old Yi (syllabary that express meaning).
The Characters are different in
"Sichuan Yi/Liangshan Yi" really the most (most widely) 'recognized'
language/dialect of Yi???
Yi Nationality agrees that Sichuan Yi (the
standard Yi) represents the language.
North Dialect has the
maximum speaker, though Yunan has the largest Yi population.
(4) How is "Sichuan Yi/Liangshan Yi"
called by its speakers themselves in their native language (in romanized
nuosu in Romanization.
(5) How many specialized/technical dictionaries exist in Yi
About 10 dictionarys, most of them are Sichuan Yi (the standard