Lhao Vo


A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Diso, Lang, Langsu, Laungaw, Laungwaw, Lawgore, Lawng, Lhaovo, Malu, “Maru” (pej.), Mulu, Zi

100,000 in Myanmar (Bradley 1997). Population total all countries: 103,500.


Kachin State, east border area, Waimaw, Chiphwe, and Sawlaw townships, widely dispersed; north Shan State, Kutkai township.

Language Status

5 (Developing).


Dago’ Lawng Bit, Gawan Naw’, Hlo’lan, Laking, Lawng Hsu, Wa Khawk, Zagaran Mran. Lawng Hsu may have difficult intelligibility with the other dialects.


SOV; tense-lax vowel distinction; loans from Jingpho [kac], Daai Chin[dao], Burmese [mya], and Chinese [cmn]; 3 tones.

Language Use

Vigorous. Most domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Jingpho [kac].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 2009.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Different from Mru [mro] and Mro-Khimi [cmr] of northwest Rakhine State and Paletwa Township, South Chin State. Culturally similar to Kachin. Glossonym: Maru by Jingpho [kac] and Burmese [mya], Liangsu by Chinese [cmn]. Christian.

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