Lalo, Central


A language of China

Alternate Names
Lalaw, Lalo, Lalopa, Laluo, Misapa, Western Yi, Xishanba Lalo

213,000 (2010 SIL). Over 500,000 in subgroup; many living further west, south or east do not speak the language; less than half are speakers, not all fluent and not many children (Bradley 2007).


West Yunnan Province, Weishan, Fengqing, Midu, Changning, Jingdong, Nanjian, Yangbi, and Yunlong counties.

Language Maps
Language Status

6b (Threatened). Language of recognized nationality: Yi.


None known. Not intelligible with other Lalo languages.


SOV; 5 tones.

Language Use

In many areas it is extinct or severely endangered; vital in some areas where parents teach their children and use it in most domains. High bilingualism in Chinese [cmn], especially among young people.

Language Development
Poetry. Dictionary. Grammar.
Other Comments

Western Yi dialect. Traditional religion.