Mro-Khimi

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A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Awa Khami, Khami, Khumi Awa, Mro, Mro-Khimi Chin, “Kwe Myi” (pej.)
Autonym
Khimi, Mro-Khimi
Population

L1 users: 75,000 (2012 SIL).

Location

Chin state: Paletwa township; Rakhine state: Buthidaung, Kyauktaw, Maungdaw, Mrauk U, Pauktaw, and Ponnagyun townships.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Arang (Ahraing Khami, Areung, Aroeng), Xengna (Hrengna), Xata, Vakung (Wakun, Wakung). Generally high comprehension of Vakung dialect among other dialect speakers. Vakung is the largest dialect and basis of literature. Lexical similarity: 91%–98% within Mro-Khimi varieties, 86%–90% with Likhy variety of Eastern Khumi [cek], 81%–85% with Lemi variety of Eastern Khumi [cek], 77%–81% with Kaladan Khumi [cnk].

Typology

SOV; negation is marked after the verb.

Language Use

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

Language Development
Some literacy classes. NT: 2015.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Buddhist, Christian, traditional religion.

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