Lawoish languages

Yunnan, China
Linguistic classification Sino-Tibetan
Glottolog lawo1234[1]

The Lawu languages or Lawoish languages are a proposed branch of Loloish languages.[2] Internal classification within Loloish is uncertain. It may form a branch of Central Loloish, or it may be an independent branch of Loloish. The Lawu languages are:

Cathryn Yang (2012)[3] suggests that Lawu is most likely a Central Ngwi language, but notes that it does not classify with Lalo, Lahu, or the Lisoid (Lisu, Lipo, Lolopo) languages.


  1. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Lawoish". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. Hsiu, Andrew. 2017. The Lawu languages: footprints along the Red River valley corridor.
  3. Yang, Cathryn. 2012. Phonology sketch and classification of Lawu, an undocumented Ngwi language of Yunnan. In Linguistic Discovery, Volume 10, Issue 2, Year 2012. Hanover, NH: Dartmouth College.
  • Lama, Ziwo Qiu-Fuyuan (2012), Subgrouping of Nisoic (Yi) Languages, thesis, University of Texas at Arlington (archived)
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