|ca. 54,000 (2007)|
Wang Chengyou (王成有) (2003:210) lists 3 dialects of Azhe, which are all mutually intelligible.
- Wushan 五山土语 (in Mile County 弥勒县)
- Jiangbian 江边土语 (in Mile County 弥勒县)
- Qujiang 曲江土语 (in Jianshui County 建水县)
Azhe is spoken in Mile, Huaning, Kaiyuan, and Jianshui counties, with about 100,000 speakers.
- Azhe at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Azhe". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- 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."
- 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.
- 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