Tsou

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A language of Taiwan

Alternate Names
Cou, Namakaban, Niitaka, Tibola, Tibolah, Tibolak, Tibolal, Tso, Tsoo, Tsu-U, Tsu-Wo, Tsuou, Tzo
Population

L1 users: 2,130 (CIP-EY 2002). Ethnic population: 2,130.

Location

Chiayi county: Alishan (Mt. Ali) area; Kaohsiung county: northwest and central; Nantou county: south central.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Duhtu, Luhtu, Tapangu, Tfuea, Iimutsu.

Typology

VOS.

Language Use

Iimutsu has no remaining speakers (Wurm and Hattori 1981). Many speak Tsou in daily life. Youth speak Mandarin.

Language Development
Grammar. NT: 2014.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Some linguistic work done.

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