Chin, Anu-Hkongso

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A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Kaungso, Kaungtso, Khaungtso, Khawngso, Khong, Khongso, No
Population

4,000 (2008), decreasing. 0 monolinguals.

Location

Chin State, Paletwa township, between Kaladan and Michaung rivers.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Anu, Hkongso. Lexical similarity: 96%–98% and high intelligibility between Anu and Hkongso dialects, 72%–76% with Mru [mro] but intelligibility is low, 23%–37% lexical similarity with all neighboring Chin languages, but bilingualism is high.

Typology

SVO; negation is marked before the verb.

Language Use

Fairly strong vitality in Anu and Hkongso majority villages. But in mixed villages and intermarried families, Khumi [cnk] and Eastern Khumi [cek] varieties are now used. Most domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. 4,000 also use Rakhine [rki]. Also use Burmese [mya], Eastern Khumi Chin [cek], Khumi Chin [cnk].

Language Development
Anu and Hkongso have separate literature efforts. Some literacy classes.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Although the Anu and Hkongso varieties are not part of the Kuki-Chin-Naga branch, these groups consider themselves to be Chin. Christian, Buddhist, traditional religion.