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A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Hpinba, Hpyin, Misu, Pyin
Population

L1 users: 600 (2013 Pyen Language Committee).

Location

Shan state: Mong Yang township, Namt Theun and Yaw Tan villages.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. Reportedly similar to Phunoi [pho], Bisu [bzi], and Mpi [mpz]. Lexical similarity: 36% with Hani [hni], 32% with Lahu [lhu], 31% with Lisu [lis].

Typology

SOV; simple syllable structure; syllables may be closed by stop or nasal; modifiers follow heads; loanwords from Shan [shn] and Lahu [lhu]; 3 contrastive tones.

Language Use

Small population but vigorous use. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Lahu [lhu], Shan [shn].

Language Development
Orthography revision planned in preparation for literacy classes. Literature. Grammar. Bible portions: 2011.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.

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