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 and Glottolog.
Zhou (2004:1) reports that Talu is spoken by just over 10,000 speakers in Yongsheng and Huaping counties. Zhou (2004) focuses on the Talu dialect of Liude Township 六德乡. Bradley (2004) reports that Talu (autonym: tʰɑ21 lu̱55) is spoken in Yongsheng, Ninglang and Huaping counties by 10,138 people, mainly in 4 villages of Liude Township 六德乡 in northeastern Yongsheng County. There are also Talu speakers in adjacent parts of Ninglangping Township, southern Ninglang County, and Tongda Township 通达傈僳族乡 in northeastern Huaping County. Talu has voiceless nasals as also the voiceless lateral. It is related to Lolopo.
- Lavu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
Lang'e at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- Lama, Ziwo Qiu-Fuyuan (2012:145), Subgrouping of Nisoic (Yi) Languages, thesis, University of Texas at Arlington
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Talu". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Zhou Decai (2004). A study of Taliu. Kunming: Yunnan People's Press.
- Bradley, David. 2004. Endangered Central Ngwi Languages of Central Yunnan. Keynote Presentation, 37th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics, Lund University, Sweden.
- Duan Qiuhong [段秋红]. 2015. A study of Taliu vocabulary [他留语词汇调查研究]. M.A. dissertation. Kunming: Yunnan Normal University.
- Zhou Decai [周德才]. 2004. A study of the Taliu language [他留话研究]. Kunming: Yunnan People's Press [云南民族出版社].
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