Hu language

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Native to China
Native speakers
1,000  (2006)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 huo
Glottolog huuu1240[2]

Hu (Chinese: 户语) is a Palaungic language of Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan, China. Its speakers are an unclassified ethnic minority.


According to Li (2006:340), there are fewer than 1,000 speakers living on the slopes of the "Kongge" Mountain ("控格山") in Na Huipa village 纳回帕村, Mengyang township 勐养镇, Jinghong 景洪市 (a county-level city).[3]

Hu speakers call themselves the xuʔ˥, and the local Dai peoples call them the "black people" (黑人). They are also known locally as the Kunge people 昆格人 or Kongge people 控格人 (Li 2006).


  1. ^ Hu at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Hu". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^
  • Li Jinfang [李锦芳]. 2006. Studies on endangered languages in the Southwest China [西南地区濒危语言调查研究]. Beijing: Minzu University.
  • Svantesson, Jan-Olof. 1991. "Hu - a Language with Unorthodox Tonogenesis." In Austroasiatic Languages, Essays in honour of H. L. Shorto, edited by Jeremy H.C.S. Davidson. 67-80. School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

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