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. No 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 with Anu and Hkongso dialects, 72%–76% with Mru Chin [mro] with intelligibility is low, 23%–37% with all neighboring Chin languages, very low 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. Most also use Khumi Chin [cnk]; also use Eastern Khumi Chin [cek], Rakhine [rki], or Burmese [mya].

Language Development
Anu and Hkongso have separate literature efforts. Some literacy classes.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Christian, Buddhist, traditional religion.