Hlersu language

Native to China
Ethnicity Yi
Native speakers
15,000 (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 hle
Glottolog hler1235[2]

Hlersu (Lesu 勒苏), or Sansu (Shansu 散苏), is a Loloish language of Yunnan Province, China. It is spoken in Xinping, Jinping, Zhenyuan, Eshan (as Shansu 山苏),[3] and (as Sansu) Yuanjiang County.

Hlersu (autonym: ɬɛɾ55 sɿ55 pha21; exonym: ɬɛɾ55 sɿ55 pho21; so33 su3 pha21 autonym reported in Yunnan (1955)[4]) is spoken in 13 townships (50 administrative villages and 143 hamlets) by 4,040 households and 15,737 persons in Xinping, Yuanjiang, and Eshan counties (Xu & Bai 2013:1).


  1. Hlersu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Hlersu". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. Eshan County Almanac [峨山彝族自治县回族志] (1996). Kunming: Yunnan People's Press [云南民族出版社].
  4. 云南民族识别参考资料 (1955), p.44
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