Narua

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A language of China

Alternate Names
Eastern Naxi, Moso, Mosso, Mosuo, Na, Naru, Nazu
Population

47,000 (2010 SIL). Ethnic population: 47,000.

Location

Sichuan and Yunnan provinces border area near Lugu lake, Ninglang Yi autonomous county, Muli Tibetan autonomous county and Yanuyuan county.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Similar to Naxi [nxq]. Lexical similarity: 40%–60% with Naxi [nxq].

Typology

SOV; prolific compounding; some prefixing; noun classes; noun heads NP; some vowel harmony; approx 38 Cs, 14 Vs, including some nasalised vowels; tonal

Language Use

Frequent. Home, village, friends. All ages. Also use local dialect of Chinese Mandarin [cmn], Pumi [pmi], Nosu [iii].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 0%. Literacy rate in L2: Most under age 40 literate in Mandarin Chinese [cmn]. Grammar.
Writing
Unwritten.
Other Comments

Yunnan Province speakers officially classified within Naxi nationality group; Sichuan Province speakers officially classified within the Mongolian nationality group. Buddhist, traditional religion, Christian.