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. Also in Thailand.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Dung, Jait (Ja-It), L’be. Most similar to Moklen [mkm]. Related to Urak Lawoi [urk].

Typology

SVO

Language Use

All ages. Many also use Burmese [mya], Thai [tha] or both (Bradley 2007).

Language Development
Various literacy materials in Karen, Burmese, Roman and Thai scripts (Bradley 2007). Literacy classes taught in some communities. NT: 2002.
Writing
Myanmar (Burmese) script.
Other Comments

Included in official ethnic list as Salon. Primarily live on boats, but occasionally settle on area islands. Traditional religion, Christian.

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