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Parauk

A language of Myanmar

ISO 639-3: prk

Population 348,400 in Myanmar (1983). Population total all countries: 528,400.
Region Shan State, upper Salween River area. Also spoken in China.
Alternate names   Wa, Praok, Phalok, Baraog
Dialects Related to Lawa and Wa in Thailand and China.
Classification Austro-Asiatic, Mon-Khmer, Northern Mon-Khmer, Palaungic, Western Palaungic, Waic, Wa
Language use A large and powerful group. The standard form for the Wa official nationality in China.
Language development NT: 1938.
Comments Traditional culture. Mountain slope. Buddhist (Hinayana), Christian.

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China

Language name   Parauk
Population 180,000 in China (1990 census).
Region Awa Mountains, southwest Yunnan as far east as the Lancang (Mekong) River.
Alternate names   Wa, Praok, Baraog, Baroke
Comments Part of the Wa official nationality, which includes 3 languages: Parauk, Wa, and Western Lawa. Parauk is the largest and the standard. A large and powerful group. Traditional culture. Taught at Kunming Institute. Mountain slope. Agriculturalists: potatoes, cotton, hemp, tobacco, sugarcane, tea, rice, beans, buckwheat, maize; some hunters. Buddhist (Hinayana), Christian.