Laha

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A language of Viet Nam

Alternate Names
Khlá, Khlá Don, Khlá Dung, Khlá Phlao, Klá Dong, La Ha, La Ha Ung, Laxa, Liik, Xá Chien, Xá Khao, Xá Lay
Population

8,180 (2009 census). Based on ethnicity.

Location

Lai Chau and Son La provinces: along Red and Black rivers.

Language Status

8a (Moribund). Language of recognized ethnic group: La Ha.

Dialects

None known. Reportedly similar to Qabiao [laq].

Language Use

In one village in Son La Province it is moribund, spoken only by those over 50; while in several villages in Lao Cai it is still spoken but potentially endangered (Bradley 2007a). Older adults only. Also use Thai [tha], especially those under 50 years of age.

Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

La Ha is an official community who live together with the Thai and Kháng. Traditional religion.

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