Native toChina
Native speakers
15,000 (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3ylo

Naruo 纳若 (Naluo 纳罗, Laluo; also Alu, Gan Yi) is a Loloish language cluster spoken by the Yi people of Yunnan, China.


Naluo is classified by Ethnologue as a Northern Loloish language, but Yang, et al. (2017)[2] classifies Naruo as a Taloid language.


According to David Bradley (2004),[3] Naluo (Naruo, Laluo, Naru, Shuitian 水田, Shui Yi 水彝 (used in Yunnan)) is spoken by about 15,000 people mostly in eastern Yongsheng County and southern Huaping County, Yunnan, as well as in Pingjiang 平江 and Futian 福田镇 townships, western Panzhihua City, Sichuan. Naluo is moribund or extinct in Sichuan, and endangered in Yunnan.


You (2013:85)[4] reports that the na21 zu21[5] (Naruo 纳儒) language is spoken by the following Yi subgroups.

On the other hand, the Yongsheng County Gazetteer (1989:637) lists the following subgroups within Shuitian 水田.

Other varieties are:[6]

Lopi (Shuitian 水田)[7] is an essentially extinct language, although there are more than 15,000 people belonging to the ethnic group in Panzhihua, Sichuan (in Futian 福田 and Pingjiang 平江 Townships) and in northern Yunnan.

Yang, et al. (2017)[2] lists Popei 泼佩 and Naruo 纳若 as Shuitian 水田 varieties, and classifies them as part of the Taloid cluster of Central Ngwi languages.

Zhili 支里 (autonym: Naruo 那若) is spoken by more than 300 persons in Xinying Village 新营村, Nanhua Township 南华乡, Beisheng District 北胜区;[8] and in Xianrenhe Village 仙人河村, Dachang Township 大厂乡[9] (Yongsheng County Gazetteer 1989:637).


  1. ^ Naruo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b Yang, Cathryn; Kwok Wailing 范秀琳 Zhou Decai 周德才; Yang Wenjing 杨文静. 2017. The Taloid Cluster of Northwestern Yunnan: Loyal Soldiers of the Nanzhao Kingdom / 滇西北彝语他留土群:忠诚的南诏战士. Presented at ICSTLL 50, Beijing, China.
  3. ^ Bradley, David. 2004. Endangered Central Ngwi Languages of Central Yunnan. Keynote Presentation, 37th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics, Lund University, Sweden.
  4. ^ You Weiqiong [尤伟琼]. 2013. Classifying ethnic groups of Yunnan [云南民族识别研究]. Beijing: Ethnic Publishing House [民族出版社].
  5. ^ 云南民族识别参考资料 (1955), p.22
  6. ^ "People Group Profiles - Asia Harvest".
  7. ^ Asia Harvest [dead link]
  8. ^ "永胜县永北镇南华居委会新营上下自然村". Archived from the original on 2018-09-08. Retrieved 2017-09-16.
  9. ^ "永胜县永北镇大厂村委会仙人河自然村". Archived from the original on 2017-09-15. Retrieved 2017-09-16.