A language of Thailand

Alternate Names
Gong, Lawa, Ugawng, ’Ugong

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


Suphan Buri Province, Kok Chiang village; Uthai Thani Province, Khok Khwai village.

Language Status

8a (Moribund).


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 (Bradley 2007). Home. Mainly older adults. Also use Thai [tha].

Other Comments

Distinct from Western Lawa [lcp] and Eastern Lawa [lwl] in the Palaungic branch of Austro-Asiatic.