Moken

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A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Basing, Chau Ko’, Lawta, Mawken, Orang Laut, Salon, Salong, Selong, Selung
Population

4,000 in Myanmar (Bradley 2007). Population total all countries: 6,000.

Location

South. Tanintharyi Region, Mergui archipelago, Dung, and other islands.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Dung, Jait (Ja-It), L’be. Reportedly most similar to Moklen [mkm].

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

All ages. Also use Burmese [mya], Thai [tha].

Language Development
NT: 2002.
Writing

Myanmar (Burmese) script [Mymr].

Other Comments

Primarily live on boats, but occasionally settle on area islands. Traditional religion, Christian.

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