Archived 15th edition
Ethnologue.com home
Ethnologue > Web version > Country index > Asia > Myanmar > Chin, Haka

Chin, Haka

A language of Myanmar

ISO 639-3: cnh

Population 100,000 in Myanmar (1991 UBS). Population includes 2,000 Zokhua, 60,100 Lai (1983). Population total all countries: 446,264.
Region Chin Hills, Haka area. Also spoken in Bangladesh, India.
Alternate names   Haka, Hakha, Baungshe, Lai
Dialects Klangklang (Thlantlang), Zokhua, Shonshe. Shonshe may be a separate language.
Classification Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Kuki-Chin-Naga, Kuki-Chin, Central
Language development Literacy rate lower for older people. Roman script in India. Bible: 1978–1999.

Also spoken in:

Bangladesh

Language name   Chin, Haka
Population 1,264 in Bangladesh (2000 WCD).
Alternate names   Haka, Baungshe, Lai
Dialects Klangklang (Thlantlang), Zokhua, Shonshe.
Comments Shonshe may be a separate language.
   

India

Language name   Chin, Haka
Population 345,000 Lai in India (1996 UBS).
Region Mizoram, Chhimtuipui and Aizawi District, southernmost tip; Assam; Meghalaya.
Alternate names   Haka, Baungshe, Lai, Lai Pawi, Lai Hawlh
Dialects Klangklang (Thlantlang), Zokhua, Shonshe.
Language development Most young people can read in Haka. Taught in primary schools.
Comments Lai Pawi is a Scheduled Tribe in India. Hills. Forest. Swidden agriculturalists. Christian.