Chin, Hakha

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A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Baungshe, Haka, Haka Chin, Hakha
Autonym
Lai, Lai Chin
Population

140,000 in Myanmar, all users. L1 users: 100,000 (1991 UBS). L2 users: 40,000 (2013 SIL). Total users in all countries: 165,000 (as L1: 125,000; as L2: 40,000).

Location

Chin state: Hakha township; Magway region: 2 small border areas extreme north.

Language Status

3 (Wider communication). Used as an LWC in church, market, business, and some media in parts of Chin state: Hakha township, Thantlang township, and parts of Matupi township.

Dialects

Thantlang (Klangklang), Zokhua.

Typology

SOV; negation is marked after the verb.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Used as L2 by Lautu Chin [clt], Matu Chin [hlt], Senthang Chin [sez], Thaiphum Chin [cth], Zyphe Chin [zyp].

Language Development
Grammar. Bible: 1978–2005.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.

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