12,000 in China (Bradley 2007). 1,000 monolinguals. 2,000 Northern Nusu; 4,000 Southern; 6,000 Central. Population total all countries: 12,670.
Northwestern Yunnan Province, Nujiang Lisu autonomous prefecture, southern Fugong (formerly Bijiang) county, Pihe town area. Northern Nusu: Wawa, Kongtong, and Youduoluo villages; Southern Nusu: Guoke, Puluo, Tuoping (Tongping), and Jiajiu (Jiajia) villages; Central Nusu: Zhiziluo, Laomudeng, Miangu, Shawa, and Zileng villages. Also in Myanmar.
Other dialect speakers comprehend the prestige dialect Miangu (Central Nusu, Miangu, Laomudeng) fairly well.
SOV; grammatical relations indicated mainly by word order and particles; tonal, 4 tones with relatively complex sandhi; loans from Lisu, Chinese, and a few from Burmese
Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Mixed attitudes. Intellectuals want to preserve it. Also use Lisu [lis].
Officially classified within Nu nationality along with Ayi, Anong, 1,500 Zauzou, and 5,500 Drung. Traditional religion.