Chin, Laitu

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A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Daitu, Hio Bei, Hle-tu, Laikhy, Laitu Kheu, Ledu, Leitu
Population

15,000 (2007 SIL).

Location

Rakhine State, Sittwe district, Minpya, Mrauk-U, and Myepung townships.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Dalet Stream (Doitu, Ekai, Khulai), Kanni Stream, Panmyaunggyi River (Kongtu), Phuntha Stream (Daaitu), Yaw Stream. Dialects tend to differ by stream. High intelligibility within the main dialect area along the Kanni Stream (Nyuan Net Khuasung, Ahongdong, Pharphyaw, Pheithapyin villages). Lower intelligibility with more distant dialect areas, such as Dalet Stream and Yaw Stream. Intelligibility to some extent with Sumtu Chin [csv]. Reportedly somewhat similar to Chinbon Chin [cnb]. Low intelligibility with Songlai [csj]. Lexical similarity: 91%–96% with Sumtu Chin [csv] and Songlai Chin [csj], 85%–89% with Chinbon Chin [cnb], 82%–84% with Asho [csh].

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. 15,000 also use Rakhine [rki].

Language Development
Literacy classes are being taught in some communities.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], preliminary orthography developed in 2009.

Other Comments

Buddhist.