Sadu language

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Native to China
Region central Yunnan
Native speakers
1,500  (2010)[citation needed]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
Glottolog sadu1234[2]

Sadu (autonym: sa˥du˦˨pʰo˧˩˧ (Bai 2012:9)) is a Loloish language of Yuxi, central Yunnan, China. Bai (2012) classifies Sadu as a Hani (Hanoish AKA Southern Loloish) language,[3] although the speakers are officially classified by the Chinese government as ethnic Bai.[4]


Sadu speakers live in 3 villages in Hongta District, Yuxi Prefecture, Yunnan (Bai 2012:3).

  • Xincun 新村, Boyi Village 波衣村, Chunhe Township 春和镇[5] (autonym: Suonapo 所那泼)
  • Dashuitang 大水塘, Boyi Village 波衣村, Chunhe Township 春和镇[6] (autonym: Tatapo 塔塔泼)
  • Jiaoyuan 椒园, Dashiban Village 大石板村, Beicheng Township 北城镇[7] (autonym: Lilepo 哩期泼)

There are also Sadu people who have lost use of the Sadu language is the following locations (Bai 2012:5, 29).

  • Shuanghe Yi Ethnic Township 双河彝族乡, Jinning County, in Hetao 核桃园[8] and Tianba 田坝村[9] villages
  • Bailiuzhuang 柏柳庄 village, Baofeng 宝峰镇[10]