Nusu language

Native toChina
Native speakers
13,000 (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3nuf

Nusu (autonym: nu33 su33) 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, also known as the Guoke-Puluo (果科-普洛) dialect: northern Lushui County 泸水县, in Guoke 果科,[2] Puluo 普洛,[3] Tongping 同坪,[4] Jiajia 加甲[5] (3,000 speakers)
  • Central, also known as the Zhizhiluo-Laomudeng (知之罗-老姆登) dialect: southern Fugong County 福贡县, in Pihe 匹河怒族乡,[6] Zhizhiluo 知之罗,[7][8] Laomudeng 老姆登,[9] Miangu 棉古,[10] Shawa 沙瓦,[11] Zileng 子楞[12] (4,000 speakers)
  • Northern, also known as the Wawa-Kongtong (瓦娃-空通) dialect: Fugong County 福贡县, in Wawa 瓦娃,[13][14] Kongtong 空通,[15][16] Youduoluo 有夺洛[17] (2,000 speakers)


  1. ^ a b Nusu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ "福贡县匹河怒族乡果科村委会".
  3. ^ "福贡县匹河怒族乡普洛村委会".
  4. ^ "福贡县匹河怒族乡托坪村委会".
  5. ^ "福贡县匹河怒族乡架究村委会".
  6. ^ http://www.ynszxc.net/model/index4.aspx?departmentid=1524
  7. ^ "福贡县匹河怒族乡知子罗村委会".
  8. ^ "福贡县匹河怒族乡知子罗村委会知子罗 达罗".
  9. ^ "福贡县匹河怒族乡老姆登村委会".
  10. ^ "福贡县匹河怒族乡棉谷村委会".
  11. ^ "福贡县匹河怒族乡沙瓦村委会沙瓦".
  12. ^ "福贡县匹河怒族乡沙瓦村委会子楞".
  13. ^ "福贡县匹河怒族乡瓦娃村委会瓦娃一".
  14. ^ "福贡县匹河怒族乡瓦娃村委会瓦娃二".
  15. ^ "福贡县匹河怒族乡瓦娃村委会空通一".
  16. ^ "福贡县匹河怒族乡瓦娃村委会空通二".
  17. ^ "福贡县匹河怒族乡瓦娃村委会优夺罗".

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