Palaung, Ruching


A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Da’ang, Di-Ang, Ngwe Palaung, Palay, Silver Palaung

258,000 in Myanmar (2000). Total users in all countries: 273,300.


Mandalay region: Katha and Pyinoolwin townships; Shan state: Taunggyi district.

Language Status

5 (Developing).


Pale, Rulai. Rulai dialect near Lashio has regular phonological changes and some lexical difference from Ruching.



Language Use

Vigorous. Home, village, market, religion. Used by all. Positive attitudes. Also use Burmese [mya], Lü [khb], Shan [shn], Thai [tha]. Used as L2 by Rumai Palaung [rbb].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L2: Below 5%. Strong literacy program. Literature. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 2013.


Myanmar (Burmese) script [Mymr].

Other Comments

Kalaw dialect tends toward loss of final consonants, could be moving to develop tones. Tense vowels change into glides with a palatal final in the Pale variety. Buddhist, traditional religion.

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