Lipo language

Not to be confused with Lolopo language.
Lolopo, Lolongo
Native to China, Burma (Myanmar), India, Thailand
Ethnicity Lisu
Native speakers
250,000 (2007)[1]
Pollard script; formerly Fraser
Language codes
ISO 639-3 lpo
Glottolog lipo1242[2]

Lipo (autonym: li˥pʰɔ˨˩; Chinese: 里泼), or Eastern Lisu, is a language of the Lisu people of China, similar to but not intelligible with Lisu proper. Some Lipo are classified by the government as Lisu, others as Yi. In some areas, the people prefer the name Lolopo or Lolongo.


  1. Lipo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Lipo". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
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