Urak Lawoi’

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A language of Thailand

Alternate Names
Chaw Talay, Chawnam, Lawoi, Lawta, Orak Lawoi’
Population

2,000 (Bradley 2007). Ethnic population: 3,000 (Bradley 2007).

Location

South, west coast, Phuket and Langta islands.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Aboriginal Malays with a unique Malay language.

Language Use

Often replaced by Thai [tha] or Malay or both when members of the group settle down (2007). Most also use Thai [tha] and Malay (Bradley 2007).

Language Development
Various Thai script and romanized literacy materials (Bradley 2007). Grammar. NT: 1998.
Writing
Thai script.
Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.