Chin, Lautu

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A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Lawhtu
Population

15,000 (2005 SIL).

Location

Chin State, Matupi and Thantlang townships, 17 villages.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

None known. High intelligibility within Lautu. Some differences between the northern Surngen variety and the southern varieties. Lexical similarity: 90%–97% within Lautu Chin, 87%–94% with Mara Chin [mrh], 82%–85% with Zophe Chin [zyp], 80%–86% with Senthang Chin [sez].

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. 7,000 also use Haka Chin [cnh]. Also use Burmese [mya].

Writing

Latin script [Latn], developed in the 1960s.

Other Comments

Christian.