A language of Myanmar

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

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


Kachin state: Kawnglangphu, Myitkyina, Putao, Machanbaw, and Tanai townships.

Language Status

8a (Moribund).


Byabe, Kizolo, Nora. 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. Older adults only. Neutral attitudes. Majority are indifferent that Anong is disappearing (Sun 2005). Some also use Rawang [raw]. Also use Lisu [lis], most as L1, with high bilingualism.

Language Development

Some community literacy classes. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 2015.


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 5 principal divisions of Rawang clans, along with Matwang [raw], Daru-Jerwang, Longmi, and Tangsar (Morse 1989:240). Christian.

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