Alu language (Sino-Tibetan)

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Native toChina and Laos
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Alu (Chinese: 阿鲁) is an unclassified Loloish language of Yunnan, China. It is spoken in Jinping Miao, Yao, and Dai Autonomous County, Lüchun County, Jiangcheng Hani and Yi Autonomous County, and Yuanyang County, Yunnan. The Alu are also referred to by other ethnic groups as Luwu 鲁乌 or Luowu 倮乌.[1] There are also 500 to 600 Alu people in two villages of Ou Tay District, Phongsali Province, Laos.[2]

The Alu also have a mouth organ with five pipes that they play during the "Abei festival 阿卑节" ("maiden festival").[3]


Hsiu (2017)[4] suggests that Alu may be related to Lalo, but that this is uncertain due to the lack of data.


In Jinping County, Alu is spoken in Yakouzhe Village 丫口遮村, Laojizhai Township 老集寨乡 (in the villages of Luopan 罗盘,[5][6] Tiantou 田头,[7] Huilongzhai 回龙寨,[8] Laozhai 老寨,[9] Zhongzhai 中寨,[10] Xihadi 西哈底,[11] Heishan 黑山,[12] Amilong 阿咪笼,[13] Kabianzhai 卡边寨,[14] Anlezhai 安乐寨,[15] Nanlu 南鲁,[16] etc.[17]) (Jinping County Ethnic Gazetteer 2013:101). There are 1,264 households and 5,307 persons as of 2005.

Alu is also spoken in Hama Village 哈马村[18] of Huangcaoling Township 黄草岭乡,[1] and Xinjie Town 新街镇,[19] Yuanyang County. It is also spoken in Dashuigou 大水沟, Lüchun County.


  1. ^ a b "阿鲁民族 - 万民网". Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  2. ^ Schliesinger, Joachim. 2003. Ethnic Groups of Laos. Vol. 4: Sino-Tibetan-Speaking Peoples. Bangkok: White Lotus Press.
  3. ^ "红河金平"姑娘节" 彝族阿鲁人的情人节_彝学研究网". Archived from the original on 2017-12-22. Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  4. ^ Hsiu, Andrew. 2017. The Lawu languages: footprints along the Red River valley corridor. doi:10.5281/zenodo.1249178
  5. ^ "金平苗族瑶族傣族自治县老集寨乡丫口遮村委会罗盘上寨村". Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  6. ^ "金平苗族瑶族傣族自治县老集寨乡丫口遮村委会罗盘下寨村". Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  7. ^ "金平苗族瑶族傣族自治县老集寨乡丫口遮村委会田头村". Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  8. ^ "金平苗族瑶族傣族自治县老集寨乡丫口遮村委会回龙寨村". Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  9. ^ "金平苗族瑶族傣族自治县老集寨乡丫口遮村委会老寨村". Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  10. ^ "金平苗族瑶族傣族自治县老集寨乡丫口遮村委会中寨村". Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  11. ^ "金平苗族瑶族傣族自治县老集寨乡丫口遮村委会西哈底村". Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  12. ^ "金平苗族瑶族傣族自治县老集寨乡丫口遮村委会黑山村". Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  13. ^ "金平苗族瑶族傣族自治县老集寨乡丫口遮村委会阿咪聋村". Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  14. ^ "金平苗族瑶族傣族自治县老集寨乡丫口遮村委会卡边寨村". Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  15. ^ "金平苗族瑶族傣族自治县老集寨乡丫口遮村委会安乐寨村". Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  16. ^ "金平苗族瑶族傣族自治县老集寨乡丫口遮村委会南鲁村". Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  17. ^ "金平苗族瑶族傣族自治县老集寨乡丫口遮村委会". Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  18. ^ "元阳县黄草岭乡哈马村委会哈马村". Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  19. ^ 哈尼族支系及服饰 (2016)