Chin, Thaiphum

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A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Thaiphum, Thui Phum
Population

1,000 (2005 SIL).

Location

Chin State, Matupi township, 4 villages.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Very little dialectal variation among the Thaiphum villages. Thaiphum is intelligible to some extent with neighboring languages, such as the Eastern Khumi [cek] varieties of Khenlak, Asang, and Rengcaa. Lexical similarity: 72%–75% with Eastern Khumi [cek], 69%–71% with Khumi [cnk], 65%–68% with Mro-Khimi [cmr], 66%–71% with Matu Chin [hlt].

Typology

SOV; negation is marked after the verb.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Burmese [mya], Hakha Chin [cnh], Matu Chin [hlt].

Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Christian.

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