Naga, Ponyo-Gongwang


A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Gongvan, Gongwang, Manauk, Mannok, Ponyo, Pounyu, Saplow, Solo, Tsawlaw

4,500 (2008 SIL).


Sagain, Khamti district, Lahe township; 19 villages.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


Gongwang, Ponyo. Very little dialect variation within Gongwang and within Ponyo, but between these 2 dialects, there are differences. Comprehension seems to be high between Ponyo and Gongwang speakers. Lexical similarity: 89%–91% between Ponyo and Gongwang, 69%–75% with Leinong Naga [lzn], 67%–73% with Khiamniungan Naga [kix].

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Khiamniungan Naga [kix], Leinong Naga [lzn].


Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

They feel culturally and linguistically related to both Leinong Naga [lzn] and Khiamniungan Naga [kix]. Christian, Buddhist, traditional religion.