Naga, Paungnyuan

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A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Lasam, Macham Naga, Makyam, Makyan Naga, Pongnyun
Autonym
Paungnyuan Naga
Population

4,000 (2008 SIL).

Location

Sagaing region: Khamti district, Khamti and northeast Lahe townships, 13 villages.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Main dialect variation is between western Paungnyuan villages and Kuku villages. Lexical similarity: 99% within western Paungnyuan, 31%–35% with Ponyo-Gongwang Naga [npg], 29%–36% with Lainong Naga [lzn], 27%–28% with Lao Naga [nlq].

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Burmese [mya], especially youth. Also use Lainong Naga [lzn], especially the older generation.

Language Development
Literature.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], used since 2016.

Other Comments

Distinct language from Lainong Naga [lzn], although culturally and geographically related. Christian, Buddhist, traditional religion.

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