Lavu language

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Native to China
Region Yunnan
Ethnicity Nu
Native speakers
14,000  (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 yta
Glottolog talu1238[3]

Lavu (Chinese: 拉乌; autonym: lɑ˥vu̠˥), also known as Talu 他鲁 (tʰa˧˩lu˥ su˥[4]) or Tagu 他谷, is a Loloish language of Yongsheng County, Yunnan, China.

The names Lavu, Talu, Tagu are among a number of small ethnicities which speak varieties of a single, mutually intelligible language. Others are Liude 六得, Nazha 纳渣, and perhaps Shuitian 水田, Zhili 支里, Luo 倮, Ziyi 子彝, and Liming 黎明. Lavu is the name chosen by Lama (2012), Talu by Ethnologue (2009).


  1. ^ Lavu at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Lama, Ziwo Qiu-Fuyuan (2012:145), Subgrouping of Nisoic (Yi) Languages, thesis, University of Texas at Arlington
  3. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Talu". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  4. ^ Zhou Decai (2004). A study of Taliu. Kunming: Yunnan People's Press.