Adu language

Native to China
Ethnicity Yi
Language codes
ISO 639-3

Adu (Chinese: 阿笃) is an unclassified Loloish language of Huaning County, Yunnan, China.

Pelkey (2011:431)[1] suggests that the neighboring Xiqi, Ati, and Long languages of Huaning County may be Southeastern Loloish languages.


The Huaning County Gazetteer 华宁县志 (1994:514) lists the following locations of Adu.

  • Qinglong Town 青龙镇: Songzichang 松子场,[2] Xinzhai 新寨,[3] Douju 斗居,[4] Chengmendong 城门洞,[5] Niuqiduo 牛期多[6]
  • Lufeng Township 禄丰乡: Gele 革勒[7]


The Huaning County Ethnic Gazetteer (1992:72)[8] provides a short word list of Adu, Ati, Xiqi, Nong, and Azhe transcribed using Chinese characters, shown below. Pinyin transliterations have also been provided below.

English glossChinese glossAdu (阿笃语)Ati (阿梯语)Xiqi (西期语)Nong (弄语)Azhe (阿哲语)
village寨子且 (qie)且 (qie)卡 (ka)卡 (ka)卡 (ka)
water叶 (ye)叶 (ye)矣咋 (yi zha)翁咋 (weng zha)叶 (ye)
girl小姑娘燃米诺 (ran mi nuo)尼格莫 (ni ge mo)阿门儿若 (a men er ruo)阿门儿少若 (a men er shao ruo)若麻儿西若 (ruo ma er xi ruo)
boy小伙子茶塞 (cha sai)差血若 (cha(i) xue ruo)阿杂若 (a za ruo)撮沙若 (cuo sha ruo)若那儿 (ruo na er)
corn包谷矣白儿 (yi bai er)苏柏儿 (su bai er)阻目 (zu mu)苏木白儿 (su mu bai er)火魔 (huo mo)
have杂杂 (za za)杂杂 (za za)白儿 (bai er)杂 (za)祖阿(杂) (zu a (za))
not麻 (ma)麻 (ma)麻 (ma)麻 (ma)阿米 (a mi)


  1. 1 2 Pelkey, Jamin. 2011. Dialectology As Dialectic: Interpreting Phula Variation. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
  2. "华宁县青龙镇斗居村民委员会松子厂村". Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  3. "华宁县青龙镇斗居村民委员会新寨村". Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  4. "华宁县青龙镇斗居村民委员会". Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  5. "华宁县青龙镇城门硐村民委员会城门硐村". Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  6. "华宁县青龙镇城门硐村民委员会牛期多村". Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  7. "华宁县青龙镇革勒村民委员会". Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  8. Huaning County Ethnic Gazetteer Editorial Committee (ed). 1992. Huaning County Ethnic Gazetteer 华宁县民族志. Kunming: Yunnan People’s Press 云南民族出版社.
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