Riang Lang


A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Black Karen, Black Riang, Black Yang, Drum, Riang, Yang, Yang Lang, Yang Wan Kun, Yanglam, Yin, Yin Net, Yinnet

12,500 in Myanmar (2008). Total users in all countries: 15,500.


Shan State: Hopang district, near southern Shan town of Pang Long.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).


Black Riang, Red Riang, Yinja. Not related to Kok Borok [trp]-speaking Riang of India and Bangladesh or to Pa’o [blk], which is Sino-Tibetan. Red and Black Riang difference unknown but these have been treated as separate languages; traditionally, the two groups occupy different social and geographic space, and wear different traditional clothing styles. May be the same language as Shwe Palaung [pll].



Language Use

Endangered. Also use Shan [shn].

Language Development
Bible portions: 1950.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Different from Riang [ria] of India, a Tibeto-Burman language. Buddhist, traditional religion.

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