Lhao Vo


A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Diso, Lang, Laungaw, Laungwaw, Lawgore, Lawng, Lhaovo, Liangsu, Lovo, Malu, Mulu, Zi, “Maru” (pej.)
Lhao Vo

121,000 in Myanmar (Leclerc 2017d). Total users in all countries: 124,500.


Kachin state: Chiphwe, Sawlaw, and Waimaw townships widely dispersed in east border area; Shan state: Kutkai township north.

Language Status

5 (Developing).


Dago’ Lawng Bit, Zagaran Mran, Gawan Naw’, Hlo’lan, Laking, Wa Khawk, Lawng Hsu. Lawng Hsu may have difficult intelligibility with the other dialects.


SOV; tense-lax vowel distinction; loans from Jingpho [kac], Daai Chin[dao], Burmese [mya], and Chinese [cmn]; 3 tones.

Language Use

Vigorous. Most domains. Used by all. Positive attitudes. Also use Jingpho [kac].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 2009.


Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Different from Mru [mro] and Mro-Khimi [cmr] of northwest Rakhine state and Paletwa township, South Chin state. Culturally similar to Kachin. Christian.

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