Pyen

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A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Hpyin
Population

700 (2011).

Location

East Shan State, Mong Yawng area. 2 villages.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Similar to Phunoi [pho], Bisu [bzi], and Mpi [mpz]. Lexical similarity: 36% with Hani [hni], 32% with Lahu, 31% with Lisu [lis].

Typology

SVO; simple syllable structure; syllables may be closed by stop or nasal; modifiers follow heads; loanwords from Dai and Chinese; 3 tones

Language Use

Small population but vigorous use. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Shan [shn] or Lahu [lhu].

Language Development
Some literacy classes. Grammar. Bible portions: 2011.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Christian.