Ugong

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A language of Thailand

Alternate Names
’Ugong, Gong, Lawa, Ugawng
Population

L1 users: 150 (Bradley 2007b). Ethnic population: 500 (Bradley 2007b).

Location

Uthai Thani province: scattered.

Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

Kok Chiang, Suphanburi. Not closely related to other languages.

Language Use

Extinct in traditional territory in western Kanchanaburi Province, moribund (youngest fluent speakers over 40) in Kok Chiang village in Suphanburi Province, endangered in Khok Khwai village in Uthai Thani Province, where they have recently lost their land and dispersed into the surrounding forests (Bradley 2007a). Home. Mainly older adults. Also use Thai [tha].

Language Development
Revival activities underway in Kok Chiang village in Suphanburi Province (Bradley 2007a).
Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Distinct from Western Lawa [lcp] and Eastern Lawa [lwl] in the Palaungic branch of Austro-Asiatic.

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