Lahu Shi

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A language of China

Alternate Names
Kur, Kwi, Lahu Si, Lahu Xi, Lahu-Xi, Lahu-shi, Lahusi, Shi, Yellow Lahu
Autonym
Lad hur Si
Population

117,000 (Bradley 2007b), increasing. Few monolinguals. Ethnic population: 120,000. Total users in all countries: 196,200.

Location

Yunnan province: Xishuangbanna Dai autonomous prefecture, Menghai county, Menghai district, Menghai township; Simao prefecture, Lancang Lahu autonomous county, Nuofu district, other areas.

Language Status

5 (Developing). Language of recognized nationality: Lahu.

Dialects

Banlan (Lahu Shi Balan), Bakeo (Lahu Bakeo). Reportedly most similar to Lahu [lhu].

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Neutral attitudes. Most also use Mandarin Chinese [cmn]. Many also use Lahu [lhu].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Fairly high among Christians. Literature. NT: 2015.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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