Native toChina
Native speakers
25,000 (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3yna
Aluo is classified as Vulnerable by the UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger

Aluo (autonym: ɑ55 lo33 pho55;[3] Naluo[4]) is a Loloish language spoken by the Yi people of China. It is also known by its Nasu name (Laka, Gan Yi, Yala, Lila, Niluo).


Gao (2017:31)[4] notes that in Wuding County, Yunnan, Aluo and Naluo are equivalent terms for the same Yi subgroup. Naluo in the Wuding County Gazetteer (1990) actually refers to Aluo speakers (Gao 2017:31). Naluo is not to be confused with Naruo, a Taloid (Central Loloish) language of northern Yunnan.


Aluo is spoken in north Wuding, Luquan, and Yuanmou counties, Yunnan, and in Huili and Miyi counties, Sichuan. Gao (2017)[4] reports that Aluo (autonym: a55 lu33 pʰu55; also known as the Gan Yi) is spoken in northwestern Wuding County as well as in Sichuan. YYFC (1983)[5] documents Aluo (autonym: ʔa55 lɑ̠33 pʰo55) of Dongpo Township 东坡傣族乡, Wuding County, Yunnan.


  1. ^ Aluo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Aluo, 29 July 2009, Wikidata Q57271947, retrieved 8 February 2019
  3. ^ Yunnan Province Ethnic Minority Languages Gazetteer (云南省志:少数民族语言文字志), p.30
  4. ^ a b c Gao, Katie B. 2017. Dynamics of Language Contact in China: Ethnolinguistic Diversity and Variation in Yunnan. PhD Dissertation: University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
  5. ^ YYFC (Yunnan University for Nationalities and Guiding Committee of Studying and Working on Yunnan Minority Languages 云南民族大学格云南民族语文指导工作委员会编). 1983. 云南彝语方言 词语汇编 [A Collection of Yi Dialects’ Lexicon in Yunnan] (Handwritten Mimeograph).