Native toChina
Native speakers
20,000 (2002)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3yiu

Awu (Chinese: 阿务), also known as Lope (autonym: lo214 pʰɯ21[2]), is a Loloish language of China. Awu is spoken in Luxi, Mile, Luoping, and Shizong counties (Ethnologue). It is closely related to Nisu (Lama 2012).[3]

Northern Awu is a distinct language. Ethnologue lists Northern Awu and Southern Awu as dialects.

YYFC (1983)[4] documents Awu (阿乌) as spoken in Jieyupo, Shemu Village, Dongshan Township (东山公社舍木大队捷雨坡村), Mile County, Yunnan.[5]


  1. ^ Lope at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Yunnan Province Ethnic Minority Languages Gazetteer (云南省志:少数民族语言文字志), p.30
  3. ^ Lama, Ziwo Qiu-Fuyuan (2012). Subgrouping of Nisoic (Yi) Languages. Ph.D. thesis, University of Texas at Arlington.
  4. ^ 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).
  5. ^ "弥勒县东山镇舍木村委会吉雨坡村". Archived from the original on 2017-09-20. Retrieved 2017-09-26.