Chin, Falam


A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Falam, Fallam, Halam, Hallam Chin
Falam Chin

69,000 in Myanmar (1983). 9,000 Taisun, 16,000 Zanniat, 7,000 Khualsim, 4,000 Lente, 14,400 Zahau, 18,600 Laizo (1983). Total users in all countries: 107,900.


Chin state: Falam township.

Language Status

5 (Developing).


Zanniat (Zahnyiet, Zanniet), Taisun (Shunkla, Sunkhla, Taishon, Tashom, Tashon), Laizo (Laiso, Laizao, Laizo-Shimhrin), Zahau (Lyen-Lyem, Yahow, Za-How, Zahao, Zahau-Shimhrin), Khualsim (Khualshim, Kwelshin), Lente (Gunte, Lyente), Sim, Tapong, Hlawnceu. Collectively called Baro Halam. Tapong reportedly has difficult intelligibility for other dialect speakers. 75% lexical similarity with Zanniat dialect. Ngawn [cnw], Bualkhaw [cbl], and the Hualngo dialect of Mizo [lus] are often included as sub-groups of Falam, since they live in Falam township.


SOV; negation is marked after the verb.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. Used by all. Positive attitudes.

Language Development

Most youth and some older people, if educated, can read Falam. Radio. Dictionary. Bible: 1991–2018.


Bengali (Bangla) script [Beng], used in India. Latin script [Latn], primary usage.

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