Lawa, Eastern


A language of Thailand

Alternate Names
Bo Luang Lawa, “Lua” (pej.)

7,000 (Nahhas 2007). Ethnic population: 8,000. L2 users: Some who marry into the community learn to speak it.


North, Chiang Mai Province, Hot district, Bo Luang and Bo Sali subdistricts; 16 villages.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


Bo Luang, Bo Sangae. Not intelligible with most Mae Hong Son Lawa dialects [lcp].

Language Use

Very high language vitality. All domains except government and education (which are in Central Thai). All ages. Positive attitudes. Interested in language maintenance. Proud of Lawa history and culture. 100% also use Northern Thai [nod]. Northern Thai [nod] is used for government and school. 100% also use Thai [tha]. Central Thai [tha] used with outsiders.

Language Development
Literacy in Thai [tha] is common.

Thai script [Thai].