300,000 (2000 census). 100,000 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 300,000.
Northwest Yunnan Province, a majority (over 200,000) in Yulong (formerly Lijiang) Naxi autonomous county. Some scattered through Weixi, Zhongdian, Ninglang, Deqing, Yongsheng, Heqing, Jianchuan, and Lanping counties. Some in Sichuan Province, Yanyuan, Yanbian, and Muli counties. A few in Tibet Autonomous Region, Mangkang county.
5 (Developing). Language of recognized nationality: Naxi. Official ethnic language of the Narua nationality.
Lapao, Lijiang, Ludian. Reportedly similar to Narua [nru].
SOV; no checked syllables; tonal, 4 tones (some sub-dialects have only 3 tones).
Lijiang Old Town attitudes somewhat negative, decreasing number of young speakers. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Central Bai [bca], Central Tibetan [bod], English [eng], Mandarin Chinese [cmn]. Used as L2 by Central Bai [bca], Central Tibetan [bod], Lisu [lis], Northern Pumi [pmi], Nuosu [iii], Shixing [sxg], Southern Pumi [pmj].
Official ethnic language of the Narua nationality. Buddhist, Confucianist, Daoist.