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. 100,000 (1991 UBS). 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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