Chin, Khumi

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A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Common Khumi, Kaladan Khumi, Khami, Khimi, Khumi, Khweymi, Yangpan
Population

60,000 in Myanmar (2006). Population total all countries: 62,090.

Location

Chin State, Paletwa township, Kaladan river area; Rakhine State, Kyauktaw township, a few villages.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Eastern Kaladan, Kaladan, Pi Chaung, Southern Paletwa. Little dialect variation within Khumi. Lexical similarity: 76%–87% with Eastern Khumi varieties, 78%–81% with Mro-Khimi.

Typology

SOV; genitives, articles, adjectives, numerals after noun heads; negation is marked after the verb.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. 60,000 also use Rakhine [rki]. Used as L2 by Anu-Hkongso Chin [anl].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 60%. Some community literacy classes. Radio programs. NT: 1959–1999.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, Buddhist, traditional religion.

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