Naga, Makyan

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A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Macham Naga, Makyam, Pongnyun
Population

4,000 (2008 SIL).

Location

Sagaing Region, Khamti district, northeast Lahe township. 13 villages.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Main dialect variation is between western Makyan villages and Kuku villages. Lexical similarity: 99% with western Makyan, 31%–35% with Ponyo-Gongwang Naga [npg], 29%–36% with Leinong Naga [lzn], 27%–28% with Lao variety of Konyak Naga [nbe].

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Youth also use Burmese [mya]; older generation also uses Leinong Naga [lzn].

Writing
Unwritten.
Other Comments

Distinct language from Leinong Naga [lzn], although culturally and geographically related. Christian, Buddhist, traditional religion.