A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Anoong, Anu, Anung, Fuchve, Fuch’ye, Khingpang, Kwingsang, Kwinp’ang, Naw, Nawpha, Nu

400 in Myanmar (2000 D. Bradley), decreasing. Population total all countries: 450. Ethnic population: 10,000 (Bradley 2007).


Northern Kachin State, mainly Kawnglangphu township.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).


Slightly different dialects of Anong spoken in China and Myanmar, although no reported difficulty communicating with each other. Low inherent intelligibility with the Matwang variety of Rawang [raw]. Lexical similarity: 87%–89% with Anong in Myanmar and Anong in China, 73%–76% with T’rung [duu], 77%–83% with Matwang variety of Rawang [raw].



Language Use

Shifting to Lisu [lis] in all domains, except with very elderly. Ages 40 and over. Neutral attitudes; majority are indifferent that Anong is disappearing (Sun Hong Kai 2005). Highly bilingual in Lisu [lis]; most Anong speak Lisu as their first and best language.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Some community literacy classes. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1981.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Different from Nung (Tai family) of Viet Nam, Laos, and China, and from Chinese Nung (Cantonese) of Viet Nam. Anong is one of the five principal divisions of Rawang clans, along with Matwang [raw], Daru-Jerwang, Longmi, and Tangsar (Morse 1989:240). Christian.

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