Kathu language

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Native to China
Region Guangnan County
Ethnicity Yi
Native speakers
5,000  (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ykt
Glottolog kath1251[2]

Kathu (Thou; Chinese: 嘎苏话) is a Lolo-Burmese language of Balong (坝聋), Nanping Township (南屏镇), Guangnan County, Yunnan, China.[3] The Kathu are locally known as the White Yi (白彝).

Kathu is notable for having initial consonant clusters, which within the Lolo-Burmese branch are also found in Written Burmese (Old Burmese) and Jinuo (Hsiu 2014:66).


Hsiu (2014:65) identifies two varieties, both spoken in Nanping Township (南屏镇).

  • Kathu (autonym: ka33 θu33), spoken in Anwang village 安王村
  • Thou (autonym: θou53), spoken in Balong village 坝聋村


  1. ^ Kathu at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Kathu". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ http://www.ynszxc.gov.cn/villagePage/vIndex.aspx?departmentid=229605