Chin, Mro-Khimi

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A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Awa Khami, Khimi, Khumi Awa, Mro, Mro Chin, Vakung, Wakun, Wakung
Population

75,000 (2012 SIL).

Location

Rakhine State, centered in Kyauktaw township; Buthidaung, Ponnagyun, Pauktaw, Mrauk U, and Maungdaw townships; Chin State, Paletwa township.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Arang (Ahraing Khami, Areung, Aroeng), Vakung (Wakung), Xata, Xengna (Hrengna). Generally high comprehension of Vakung dialect among other dialect speakers. Vakung is the largest dialect and basis of literature. Lexical similarity: 91%–98% with Mro-Khimi, the Vakung, Xengna, and Aroeng varieties, 86%-90% with Likhy variety of Eastern Khumi [cek], 81%–85% with Lemi variety of Eastern Khumi [cek], 77%–81% with Kaladan Khumi [cnk].

Typology

SOV; negation is marked after the verb

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Rakhine [rki].

Language Development
Some literacy classes. Bible portions: 2007–2010.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Included in official ethnic group list as Awa Khami, Wakun, and Kwe Myi. Buddhist, traditional religion, Christian.