Lamu language

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Native to China
Region Yunnan
Ethnicity 300 (2007)[1]
Native speakers
120 (2007)[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 llh
Glottolog lamu1257[3]

Lamu (Lamo) is a highly endangered Loloish language of northeastern Binchuan County, Yunnan. According to Bradley (2007), the Lamo language is similar to Lisu and Lipo, although the speakers are classified by the Chinese government as ethnic Lahu. There are only about 100 speakers left, all of whom are also first-language speakers of Lipo. Lamo speakers were located by Bradley in 1999.


  1. ^ ISO change request
  2. ^ Lamu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  3. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Lamu". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  • Bradley, David (2007). "Language Endangerment in China and Mainland Southeast Asia". In Matthias Brenzinger, ed. Language diversity endangered. New York: Mouton de Gruyter.