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Akha

A language of Myanmar

ISO 639-3: ahk

Population 200,000 in Myanmar (1991 UBS). Population total all countries: 449,261.
Region Eastern part of Kengtung Shan State. Also spoken in China, Laos, Thailand, Viet Nam.
Alternate names   Kaw, Ekaw, Ko, Aka, Ikaw, Ak'a, Ahka, Khako, Kha Ko, Khao Kha Ko, Ikor, Aini, Yani
Dialects Ako, Asong.
Classification Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Lolo-Burmese, Loloish, Southern, Akha, Hani, Ha-Ya
Language development Dictionary. Bible: 2001.
Comments SOV. Traditional religion, Christian, Buddhist.

Also spoken in:

China

Language name   Akha
Population 130,000 in China (1990).
Region Southwest Yunnan, Xishuangbanna Prefecture.
Alternate names   Kaw, Ekaw, Ko, Aka, Ikaw, Ak'a, Ahka, Khako, Kha Ko, Khao Kha Ko, Ikor, Aini, Yani
Comments Part of the Hani nationality. Traditional religion, Christian.
   

Laos

Language name   Akha
Population 58,000 in Laos (1995 Nguyen Duy Thieu).
Region Luang Namtha, Phongsali provinces.
Alternate names   Kaw, Ekaw, Ko, Aka, Ikaw, Ak'a, Ahka, Khako, Hka Ko, Khao Kha Ko, Ikor, Aini, Yani
Comments Traditional religion, Christian.
   

Thailand

Language name   Akha
Population 60,000 in Thailand (1998).
Region Chiangmai, Chiangrai, Maehongson provinces. 250 villages.
Alternate names   Kaw, Ekaw, Ko, Aka, Ikaw, Ak'a, Ahka, Khako, Kha Ko, Khao Kha Ko, Ikor, Aini, Yani
Language development Literacy rate in first language: 1% to 5%. Literacy rate in second language: 1% to 50%.
Comments Traditional religion, Christian.
   

Viet Nam

Language name   Akha
Population 1,261 in Viet Nam (1995 Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, Hanoi).
Region Quang Binh and Quang Tri Provinces both sides of the Viet Nam-Laos border, northeast of Phuc Trach.
Alternate names   Kaw, Ekaw, Ikaw, Aka, Ak'a, Ahka, Ko, Khako, Kha Ko, Khao Ikor, Aini, Yani
Comments Traditional religion, Christian.