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Nusu

A language of China

ISO 639-3nuf

Population  12,000 (Bradley 2007). 1,000 monolinguals. 2,000 in Northern Nusu, 4,000 in Southern Nusu, and 6,000 in Central Nusu.
Region  Yunnan Province, Nujiang Lusu Autonomous Prefecture, south Fugong and northeast Lushui counties.
Language map  Southwestern China
Dialects  Northern Nusu (Wawa-Kongtong), Southern Nusu (Guoke-Puluo), Central Nusu (Zhizhiluo-Laomudeng). Dialects not inherently mutually intelligible.
Classification  Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Burmic, Ngwi, Central
Language use  Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Intellectuals want to preserve it. Most also use Lisu [lis] or Mandarin Chinese [cmn].
Comments  Classified as Nu nationality along with Anong, Zauzou, and 5,500 Drung. SOV; grammatical relations indicated mainly by word order and particles; tonal, 4 tones with relatively complex sandhi; loans from Lisu, Chinese, and a few from Burmese. Agriculturalists; animal husbandry: poultry, pigs, sheep, cattle; beekeepers. Traditional religion.
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