A language of China


12,000 in China (Bradley 2007). 2,000 Northern Nusu; 4,000 Southern; 6,000 Central. Population total all countries: 12,670. 1,000 monolinguals.


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.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous). Language of recognized nationality: Nu.


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.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Mixed attitudes. Intellectuals want to preserve it. 9,000 also use Lisu [lis].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 68% literate in any language (2000 census, Nu nationality). Bible portions: 2010.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

With Ayi, Anong, 1,500 Zauzou, and 5,500 Drung. Traditional religion.

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