Nusu is a member of the Loloish branch of the Tibeto-Burman language family. It is spoken by about 12,600 people, mainly in Yunnan Province in the south west of China, and also in northern Myanmar / Burma.
There are three dialects of Nusu: Central Nusu, Southern Nusu and Northern Nusu. The Central dialect, which is also known as Zhizhiluo-Laomudeng or Miangu, has about 6,000 speakers in the south of Fugong County in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in the west of Yunnan Province. The Southern dialect, or Guoke-Puluo, has about 4,000 speakers in the north of Lushui County in Nujiang Prefecture, and the Northern dialect, or Wawa-Kongtong, is spoken by about 2,000 people in Fugong County.
In Myanmar Nusu is spoken by about 670 people in Myitkyina district of Kachin State. All three dialects are spoken in Myanmar.
Nusu is written with a version of the Latin alphabet, although few Nusu speakers are literate in their language. Parts of the Bible have been translated into Nusu.
Download an alphabet chart for Nusu (Excel)
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Information about the Nusu language
Achang, Arakanese, Balti, Bisu, Drung, Hajong, Hani, Hmar, Jingpho, Lahu, Lepcha, Lhomi, Lipo, Lisu, Magar, Manipuri, Marma, Mro, Naxi, Newar, Nusu, Pahari, Tangkhul Naga, Tujia, Yi, Yolmo
Languages written with the Latin alphabet
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