Chin, Matu


A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Nga La
Matu Chin

30,000 in Myanmar (2012). Total users in all countries: 40,000.


Chin state: Matupi township.

Language Status

5 (Developing).


Ciing (Langle-Tamtlaih, Ngaleng, Phaneng, Siing, Vuitu), Doem (Ngatu, Valang), Langle-Tamtlaih, Ngaleng, Phaneng, Thlangpang (Changpyang), Ngala (Batu). Not intelligible with Hakha Chin [cnh]. Mizoram Matu reportedly not intelligible with Myanmar varieties. There are many Matu varieties in Myanmar, all intelligible to some extent with each other. Lexical similarity: 78%–89% within Matu varieties in Myanmar, 65%–76% with Rawngtu Chin [weu], 66%–71% with Thaiphum Chin [cth].


SOV; negation is marked after the verb.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. Used by all. Positive attitudes. Also use Burmese [mya], Hakha Chin [cnh]. Used as L2 by Thaiphum Chin [cth].

Language Development

Dictionary. Bible: 2006.


Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

The Chin in Mindat township refer to all the Matu as Batu, but the Matu use this name only for the area around Matupi town. Christian.

Also spoken in:

Expand All
Collapse All
Page Views Left: