A language of Thailand

Alternate Names
Luang, Mabri, Mla, Mrabri, Yumbri, “Spirits of the Yellow Leaf” (pej.)
มละบริ‎ (Mlabri), มาลาบรี‎ (Malabri)

130 (Bradley 2007a), increasing. Total users in all countries: 154.


Nan province: Na Noi and Wiang Sa districts; some likely in Uttaradit province; otherwise probably scattered elsewhere in northeast area.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Language Use

Vigorous. All ages. Many also use Thai [tha]. Also use Hmong Daw [mww], Northern Thai [nod].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 10%. Literacy rate in L2: 40% in Thai [tha].

Thai script [Thai].

Other Comments

Mlabri are different from the Kha Tong Luang (Phi Tong Luang, Yellow Leaf) in Laos, who are Western Viet-Muong (Wurm and Hattori 1981). Sometimes employed by the Hmong. Some nomadic. Traditional religion.

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