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Nusu language

Native to China
Ethnicity Nu
Native speakers
12,000  (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 nuf
Glottolog nusu1239[2]

Nusu (autonym: nu˧su˧) is a Loloish language spoken by the Nu people of China. There are three dialects: Northern, Southern, and Central; the Central dialect of Miangu is the prestige dialect and is understood fairly well by speakers of other dialects.[1]

Lama (2012) observes a sound change *r- > Ø- from Proto-Loloish as a Nusoish innovation.


The three Nusu dialects are spoken in the following locations (Nusuzu Nusuyu Jianzhi 怒族怒苏语简志 1986).

  • Southern AKA Guoke-Puluo dialect: northern Lushui County 泸水县, in Guoke 果科,[3] Puluo 普洛,[4] Tongping 同坪,[5] Jiajia 加甲[6] (3,000 speakers)
  • Central AKA Zhizhiluo-Laomudeng dialect: southern Fugong County 福贡县, in Pihe 匹河怒族乡,[7] Zhizhiluo 知之罗,[8][9] Laomudeng 老姆登,[10] Miangu 棉古,[11] Shawa 沙瓦,[12] Zileng 子楞[13] (4,000 speakers)
  • Northern AKA Wawa-Kongtong dialect: Fugong County 福贡县, in Wawa 瓦娃,[14][15] Kongtong 空通,[16][17] Youduoluo 有夺洛[18] (2,000 speakers)


  1. ^ a b Nusu at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Nusu". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
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