Mpi

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A language of Thailand

Alternate Names
Kaw
Population

900 (Nahhas 2007), decreasing. Ethnic population: 1,500 (Nahhas 2007).

Location

Phrae province: Ban Dong district, east of provincial capital; Nan province: Ban Sakoen district.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

Ban Dong, Ban Sakoen. Ban Dong and Ban Sakoen Mpi are mutually intelligible (based on self-report of Ban Dong and Ban Sakoen residents). Lexical similarity: 86% between Ban Dong and Ban Sakoen dialects.

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Children not speaking the language much. In one village only very old people spoke the language and in the other it was reported that only people over 40 spoke the language. Some young people, all adults (Nahhas 2007). Also use Northern Thai [nod], Thai [tha].

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar.
Writing

Thai script [Thai].

Other Comments

Kaw is used in Ban Sakoen. Possibly some in China who refer to their language as Pu Kaw. Mpi is spoken in 2 villages. Buddhist.

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