Moken

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A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Basing, Chau Ko’, Lawta, Mawken, Orang Laut, Salon, Salong, Selong, Selung
Population

4,000 in Myanmar (Bradley 2007a). Total users in all countries: 6,000.

Location

Tanintharyi region: widespread in Mergui archipelago islands.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Dung, Jait (Ja-It), Lebi (L’be), Niawi. Reportedly most similar to Moklen [mkm].

Typology

SVO; noun head initial; classifier; 22 consonants and 25 vowels (long and short vowels, tense and lax back vowels); tonal; stress on the final syllable; inclusive/exclusive pronouns.

Language Use

Some young people, all adults. Also use Burmese [mya], Thai [tha].

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar. Texts. NT: 2000.
Writing

Myanmar (Burmese) script [Mymr]. Thai script [Thai].

Other Comments

Primarily live on boats, but occasionally settle on area islands. Traditional religion, Christian.

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