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Lahu Shi

A language of Laos

ISO 639-3: kds

Population 3,240 in Laos (2000). Population total all countries: 40,240.
Region Bokeo Province, Kentung District. Also spoken in China, Myanmar, Thailand, USA, Viet Nam.
Alternate names   Kutsung, Kucong, Yellow Lahu, Shi, Kui, Kwi
Dialects Difficult intelligibility of Black Lahu. A distinct language from Nyi (Red Lahu).
Classification Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Lolo-Burmese, Loloish, Southern, Akha, Lahu
Comments SOV. Traditional religion.

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Language name   Lahu Shi
Population 5,000 in China (1984).
Region Southern Yunnan.
Alternate names   Lahu Xi, Kutsung, Kucong, Kur, Shi, Yellow Lahu, Kwi
Comments Part of the Lahu nationality.


Language name   Lahu Shi
Population 10,000 in Myanmar (1998).
Region Kentung District.
Alternate names   Kutsung, Kucong, Yellow Lahu, Shi, Kui, Kwi


Language name   Lahu Shi
Population 20,000 in Thailand (1998).
Region In refugee camps near Laos border; formerly in Chiang Kham camp, but now in camps near Pua, Nan, or elsewhere.
Alternate names   Kutsung, Kucong, Kui, Kwi, Shi, Yellow Lahu, Musseh Kwi, Musseh Lyang
Language development Literacy rate in first language: below 1%. Literacy rate in second language: 5% to 15%.
Comments Distinct from Kui (Kuy, Suoi), which is Mon-Khmer.

Viet Nam

Language name   Lahu Shi
Population 6,874 all Lahu (Yellow, Black, White) in Viet Nam (1999 census).
Region Lai Chau Province, just to the west of Muong Te City on the Son Da (Black River).
Alternate names   Kutsung, Kucong, Khutsho, Yellow Lahu, Shi, Kui, Kwi, Ne Thu, La Hu Si