Lizu language

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Native to China
Native speakers
7,000 (2008)[1]
Ersu Shaba script
Language codes
ISO 639-3 included in ers
Glottolog lizu1234[2]

Lizu (Chinese: 傈苏, 里汝, 吕苏; Western Ersu) is a Qiangic language spoken in western Sichuan, China. There are 4,000 speakers according Sun (1982), and 7,000 speakers according to Chirkova (2008). Muli, where Lizu is spoken, is a multi-ethnic and multi-lingual county, and Lizu has been historically influenced by Mandarin Chinese.[3]


  1. Chirkova 2008
  2. Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Lizu". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


  • Chirkova, Ekaterina (2008). "Essential characteristics of Lizu, a Qiangic language of Western Sichuan". HAL. CRLAO. Retrieved 27 October 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Chirkova, Katia; Chen, Yiya (2013), "Lizu" (PDF), Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 43 (1): 75–86, doi:10.1017/S0025100312000242<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Yu, Dominic (2012). Proto-Ersuic (Ph.D.). Berkeley: University of California, Berkeley, Department of Linguistics.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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