Ugong

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A language of Thailand

Alternate Names
Gong, Lawa, Ugawng, ’Ugong
Population

80 (2000 D. Bradley). Ethnic population: 500.

Location

Suphanburi Province, Kok Chiang village; Uthai Thani Province, Khok Khwai village.

Language Status

8a (Moribund).

Dialects

Kok Chiang, Suphanburi. Not closely related to other languages.

Language Use

Extinct in traditional territory in western Kanchanaburi Province, moribund (youngest fluent speakers over 40, but revival activities underway) in Kok Chiang village in Suphanburi Province, endangered in Khok Khwai village in Uthai Thani Province, where they have recently lost their land and dispersed into the surrounding forests (2007). Home. Mainly older adults. All also use some variety of Thai [tha].

Other Comments

Distinct from Lawa [cbn] in the Palaung-Wa branch of Mon-Khmer. Relocated due to dam construction.