Palaung, Ruching


A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Da’ang, Di-Ang, Ngwe Palaung, Palay, Silver Palaung

258,000 in Myanmar (2000). Population total all countries: 272,000.


South Shan State, near Kalaw; north Shan State, Kyawkme area; Lashio to the China border; Lashio east to the Salween; Kokaing area villages east of Salween river.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


Pale, Rulai. Rulai dialect near Lashio has regular phonological changes and some lexical difference from Ruching.



Language Use

Vigorous. Home, village, market, religion. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Burmese [mya], Lü [khb], Shan [shn], Thai [tha]. Used as L2 by Rumai Palaung [rbb].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: Below 5%. Strong literacy program. Grammar. Bible: 2013.

Myanmar (Burmese) script [Mymr].

Other Comments

Kalaw dialect tends toward loss of final consonants, could be moving to develop tones. Tense vowels change into glides with a palatal final in the Pale variety. Buddhist, traditional religion.

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