Kriang

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A language of Laos

Alternate Names
Griang, Khiang, Kuriang, Ngae, Nge, Nge’, Ngeh, Ngeq, Ngkriang, Nhae, Nkriang
Population

16,800 (2015 census). 9,030 monolinguals (2005).

Location

Champasak province: Ba Chiang Chaleun Souk and Pak Song districts; Salavan province: Salavan district; Xekong province: Kaleum and Tha Taeng districts.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Kriang Koh, Kriang Tha Taeng.

Typology

SOV; Prepositions; Noun Head Initial; None; Word order; Isolating language; Aspect; Non-tonal: contrasts breathy and modal vowel phonation; vowel phonation conditions changes in vowel quality.

Language Use

Most also use Lao [lao] (Schliesinger 2003b).

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%.
Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.

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