A language of China

Alternate Names
Central Lisu, Dayao, Eastern Lisu, Lolongo, Lolopo

250,000 (Bradley 2007b). Few monolinguals.


Sichuan province: Renhe county; Yunnan province: Binchuan, Dayao, Lufeng, Luquan, Wuding, Yao’an, Yongren, Yongsheng, and Yuanmo counties.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous). Language of recognized nationality: Yi. Only those in Dayao and Yongren counties of Western Chuxing Prefecture. Language of recognized nationality: Lisu.


Western Lipo, Eastern Lipo. Both dialects are reportedly similar to Lisu [lis], but neither is intelligible with Lisu.

Language Use

Home, village. Used by all. Neutral attitudes. Many also use Mandarin Chinese [cmn], even between speakers of different dialects of Lipo. Used as L2 by Ersu [ers], Hani [hni], Lamu [llh], Namuyi [nmy], Northern Pumi [pmi], Southern Pumi [pmj].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L1: Very low. Literacy rate in L2: High in Chinese. Bible: 2016.


Lisu (Fraser) script [Lisu], no longer in use. Miao (Pollard) script [Plrd], used from about 1910, primary usage among Christians.

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.

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