Chin, Laitu

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A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Daitu, Hio Bei, Hle-tu, Laikhy, Laitu Chin, Laitu Kheu, Ledu, Leitu
Population

15,000 (2007 SIL).

Location

Rakhine State: Sittwe district, Minpya, Mrauk-U, and Myepung townships; Chin State: Paletwa township.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Panmyaunggyi Stream (Kongtu), Phuntha Stream (Daaitu), Kanni Stream, Yaw Stream, Dalet Stream (Doitu, Ekai, Khulai). Dialects tend to differ by stream. High intelligibility within the main dialect area along the Kanni Stream and Yaw Stream. Lower intelligibility with more distant dialect areas, such as Dalet Stream. Intelligibility to some extent with Sumtu Chin [csv]. Low intelligibility with Chinbon Chin [cnb]. Low intelligibility with Songlai [csj]. Lexical similarity: 91%–96% with Sumtu Chin [csv] and Songlai Chin [csj], 85%–89% with Chinbon Chin [cnb], 82%–84% with Asho [csh].

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. All also use Rakhine [rki].

Language Development
Literacy classes are being taught in some communities.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], preliminary orthography developed in 2009.

Other Comments

Buddhist.

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