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Palaung, Pale

A language of Myanmar

ISO 639-3: pce

Population 257,539 in Myanmar (2000 WCD). Total Palaung and Riang in Myanmar: 250,000. Population total all countries: 267,539.
Region Southern Shan State area near Kalaw. 10,000 square mile area. Also spoken in China, Thailand.
Alternate names   Di-Ang, Ngwe Palaung, Silver Palaung, Pale, Palay
Dialects Close to Shwe Palaung and Rumai Palaung.
Classification Austro-Asiatic, Mon-Khmer, Northern Mon-Khmer, Palaungic, Eastern Palaungic, Palaung
Language development Literacy rate in first language: below 1%. Literacy rate in second language: below 5%. Grammar.
Comments SVO. Mountain slope. Evergreen forest. 1,200 meters. Peasant agriculturalists. Buddhist.

Also spoken in:

China

Language name   Palaung, Pale
Population 5,000 in China (1995).
Region Western Yunnan, Luxi County, just east of Rumai.
Alternate names   Dlang, Ngwe Palaung, Silver Palaung, Pale, Palay, Bulai, Bulei, Pulei, Southern Ta'ang
Dialects Bulei, Raojin.
Language use Vigorous. 50% of the De'ang speak Pale. Some speakers of other languages use it as second language. All domains. All ages. Some also speak Lü, Jingpho, or Chinese.
Comments Part of the De'ang nationality. Agriculturalists; weavers; metal workers; potters; construction workers. Buddhist (Hinayana).
   

Thailand

Language name   Palaung, Pale
Population 5,000 in Thailand (1989).
Alternate names   Di-Ang, Ngwe Palaung, Silver Palaung, Pale, Palay, Southern Ta-Ang
Language development Literacy rate in first language: below 1%. Literacy rate in second language: below 5%.
Comments A distinct language from Shwe Palaung and Rumai Palaung.