Chin, Senthang

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A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Hsemtang, Sentang
Population

33,000 (2007 SIL).

Location

Chin State: Hakha township; Thantlang township, 2 villages; Magway region: Gangaw township, 15 villages; Sagaing region: Kaleymyo township, 2 villages.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Surkhua/Lungrang, Shoneshi (Shonshe), Sakta, Central Senthang (Bungzung, Khuapi, Lei-Um, Phaipha), Shonshe. High intelligibility among all Senthang villages, except possibly outlying dialects of Shoneshi, Surkhua (Lungrang), and Sakta. Lexical similarity: 79%–95% within Senthang.

Typology

SOV; negation is marked after the verb.

Language Use

Vigorous in Hakha township villages; lower use in Magway division, Gangaw township. All domains in Hakha township villages. All ages. Positive attitudes. Many also use Hakha Chin [cnh], especially the older generation. Also use Burmese [mya].

Language Development
Some community literacy classes (2011).
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Preliminary orthography developed and primers designed: 2007–2010. Christian, Buddhist.

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