A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Black Karen, Black Riang, Black Yang, Liang Sek, Riang-Lang, Yang, Yang Wan Kun, Yanglam, Yin, Yin Kya, Yin Net, Yinnet

12,500 in Myanmar (2008). Population total all countries: 15,500.


Northeast. Shan State, near southern Shan town of Pang Long. Also in China.

Language Maps
Language Status

6b (Threatened).


Black Riang, Red Riang, Yinja. Not related to Tripuri [trp]-speaking Riang of India and Bangladesh or to Pa’o [blk], which is Sino-Tibetan. Red and Black Riang difference unknown but these have been treated as separate languages; traditionally, the two groups occupy different social and geographic space, and wear different traditional clothing styles. May be the same language as Shwe Palaung [pll].



Language Use

Endangered. Some also use Shan [shn].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Bible portions: 1950.
Latin script.
Other Comments

Included in official ethnic group list as Yin Net and Yin Kya. Different from Riang [ria] of India, a Tibeto-Burman language. Buddhist, traditional religion.

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