Katso language

Native to China
Native speakers
4,000 (1997)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 kaf
Glottolog kats1235[3]

Katso, also known as Kazhuo (autonyms: kʰɑ˥tso˧˩, kɑ˥tso˧˩; Chinese: 卡卓), is a Loloish language of Xingmeng Township (兴蒙乡), Tonghai County, Yunnan, China. The speakers are officially classified as ethnic Mongols, although they speak a Loloish language.

Katso speakers call themselves kʰɑ˥tso˧˩ (卡卓) or kɑ˥tso˧˩ (嘎卓) (Kazhuoyu Yanjiu).

Lama (2012) lists the following sound changes from Proto-Loloish as Kazhuoish innovations.

  • *x- > s-
  • *mr- > z-


  1. Katso at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Lama, Ziwo Qiu-Fuyuan (2012), Subgrouping of Nisoic (Yi) Languages, thesis, University of Texas at Arlington
  3. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Katso". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
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