Riang Lang

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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
Autonym
Riang Lang
Population

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

Location

Shan state: Hopang district, Pang Long area.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

Endangered. Also use Shan [shn].

Language Development
Bible portions: 1950.
Writing

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 two groups occupy different social and geographic space, and wear different traditional clothing styles. Buddhist, traditional religion.

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