Chin, Daai

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A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Dai, Khyo, Kkhyou
Population

37,000 (2010).

Location

Chin State: Kanpetlet, Matupi, Mindat, and Paletwa townships, 142 villages.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Ngxang, Nghngilo (Yang), Ma-Tu, Shiip, Vet (Yet), Daa Yindu, Duk-Msang, Kheng, Mkui. Intelligibility among Nghngilo (Yang), Daa Yindu, and Mkui groups is high, but is lower among other groups. Lexical similarity: more than 90% with Daa Yindu, Yang, Mkui, Duk, and Msang, 81%–88% with Ngxang (Paletwa township) and Kheng, 80% with Shiip (Matupi township), 91%–94% with Gah/Ng-Gha (part of Müün [mwq]), and 81%–87% with Müün [mwq].

Typology

SOV; negation is marked before the verb.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Burmese [mya], Müün Chin [mwq]. Used as L2 by Kaang Chin [ckn].

Language Development
Grammar. NT: 1996.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

The name Nghmoye is used by both Yang and Daa Yindu to refer to each other. The Daai varieties in Matupi township have low intelligibility with the other varieties and should perhaps be considered a separate language. The Daa Yindu consider themselves to be a separate group from the Daai and do not accept the Daai name. Christian.

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