Lahu Shi

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A language of China

Alternate Names
Kur, Kwi, Lahu Xi, Shi, Yellow Lahu
Population

117,000 in China (Bradley 2007), increasing. Population total all countries: 196,200. Few monolinguals. Ethnic population: 120,000.

Location

South Yunnan Province, Xishuangbanna Dai autonomous prefecture, Menghai district, Menghai county, Menghai township; Simao prefecture, Lancang Lahu autonomous county, Nuofu district, other areas.

Language Status

5 (Developing). Language of recognized nationality: Lahu.

Dialects

Bakeo, Banlan. Reportedly most similar to Lahu [lhu].

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Neutral attitudes. 50% also use Lahu [lhu]. 70% also use Mandarin Chinese [cmn].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Fairly high among Christians. Bible portions: 2009.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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