Lahta

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A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Kangan, Kayan Lahta, Khahta, Lahta, Lahta Karen, Peu, Taru, Tarulakhi, Yan Wohta
Population

9,550 (2000). Very few monolinguals.

Location

South Shan State, Pekon and Pinlaung townships; Mandalay Region, Pyinnmana township.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Socially related to Kayan [pdu] but not intelligible. Zayein [kxk] may be a dialect of Lahta.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Young people also use Burmese [mya]; older generation also uses Pa’o [blk] or Kayan [pdu].

Writing
Unwritten.
Other Comments

Officially recognized as part of Kayan [pdu]. Much dialect variation. Called Yan Wohta by the Shan [shn]. Buddhist, traditional religion, Christian.