Urak Lawoi’

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A language of Thailand

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

5,000 (2012 S. Pattemore). Ethnic population: 3,000 (Bradley 2007b).

Location

Southwest coastal islands, south of Phuket province; Krabi province: offshore islands, Phi Phi Don, Ha, Khlong Dao, Lang Sot and Thung; Satun province: Bu Tang, Ra Wi, and A Dang islands.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Adang, Phuket Young Peoples, Phuket Old Peoples. Aboriginal Malays with a unique Malay language. A member of macrolanguage Malay [msa].

Language Use

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

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

Thai script [Thai].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.

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