Naga, Leinong

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A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Htang Ngan, Htangan, Lainong Naga, Lenaung Naga
Population

7,000 (2008 SIL).

Location

Sagain, Khamti district, Lahe township; about 25 villages.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Southern Leinong, Yao Dyang (Northern Leinong, Zau Dyang). High intelligibility in Leinong villages. Lexical similarity: within Leinong Naga 89%–100%. Lexical similarity: 69%–75% with Ponyo-Gongwang Naga [npg], 62%–67%with Khiamniungan Naga [kix], 37%–41% with Lao variety of Konyak Naga [nbe].

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Burmese [mya]. Used as L2 by Lao Naga [nlq], Makyan Naga [umn], Ponyo-Gongwang Naga [npg].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Some literacy classes. Dictionary. Bible portions: 2005–2010.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

The majority group within Lahe Township. Buddhist, Christian, traditional religion.