Laha

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A language of Viet Nam

Alternate Names
Khlá, Khlá Don, Khlá Dung, Khlá Phlao, Klá Dong, La Ha, La Ha Ung, Liik, Xá Chien, Xá Khao, Xá Lay
Population

5,690 (1999 census). Ethnic population: 8,180 (2009 census).

Location

Lai Chau and Son La provinces, along Red and Black rivers.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

None known. Reportedly similar to Qabiao [laq].

Language Use

In one village in Son La Province it is moribund, spoken only by those over 50; while in several villages in Lao Cai it is still spoken but potentially endangered (Bradley 2007). Mainly older adults. Those under 50 speak Thai [tha] and dress like the Tai Dam.

Other Comments

La Ha is an official community who live together with the Thai and Kháng. Traditional religion.