Native toChina
Native speakers
14,000 (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3yta
Glottologtalu1238  Lavu-Yongsheng-Talu
Talu is classified as Vulnerable by the UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger

Talu (他鲁; also known as Taliu; tʰa31 lu55 su55[3]) is a Loloish language spoken by just over 10,000 speakers in Yongsheng and Huaping counties (Zhou 2004:1). Zhou (2004) focuses on the Talu dialect of Liude Township 六德乡. Bradley (2004)[4] reports that Talu (autonym: tʰa31 lu̠55) is spoken in Yongsheng, Ninglang and Huaping counties by 10,138 people, mainly in 4 villages of Liude Township 六德乡 in northeastern Yongsheng County. There are also Talu speakers in adjacent parts of Ninglangping Township, southern Ninglang County, and Tongda Township 通达傈僳族乡 in northeastern Huaping County. Talu has voiceless nasals as also the voiceless lateral. It is related to Lolopo.

A closely related language variety called Nazan 纳咱 (Naza, Nazha) is spoken in Nazan Village 纳咱,[5] Liude Village 六德村, Liude Township 六德乡, Yongsheng County (Yongsheng County Gazetteer 1989:637). It is also spoken in 2 villages in Liude Township, and a few in Banqiao Township.[4]


  1. ^ Talu at Ethnologue (24th ed., 2021) Closed access icon
  2. ^ Lama, Ziwo Qiu-Fuyuan (2012:145), Subgrouping of Nisoic (Yi) Languages, thesis, University of Texas at Arlington
  3. ^ Zhou Decai (2004). A study of Taliu. Kunming: Yunnan People's Press.
  4. ^ a b Bradley, David. 2004. Endangered Central Ngwi Languages of Central Yunnan. Keynote Presentation, 37th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics, Lund University, Sweden.
  5. ^ "永胜县六德傈僳族彝族乡六德村委会纳咱村". www.ynszxc.gov.cn.