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
Riang Lang

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


Shan state: Hopang district, Pang Long area.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).



Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. Used by all. Positive attitudes. Most also use Shan [shn].

Language Development

Bible portions: 1950.


Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Related to Riang Lai [yin]. Included in official ethnic group list as Yin Net. Called Karen (‘yin’ and ‘yang’) by the Burmese [mya] and Shan [shn] due to their dress. Yin Net means Black Karen in Burmese. Not related to Kok Borok [trp] or Pa’o [blk]. Riang Lang [ril] and Riang Lai [yin] difference unknown but these have been treated as separate languages. Traditionally, the 2 groups occupy different social and geographic space and wear different traditional clothing styles. Buddhist, traditional religion.

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