Urak Lawoi’


A language of Thailand

Alternate Names
Chaw Talay, Chawnam, Lawoi, Lawta, Orak Lawoi’

5,000 (2012 S. Pattemore). Ethnic population: 3,000 (Bradley 2007b).


Southwest coastal islands, south of Phuket province; Krabi province: offshore islands, Phi Phi Don, Ha, Khlong Dao, Lang Sot and Thung; Satun province: Bu Tang, Ra Wi, and A Dang islands.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).


Adang, Phuket Young Peoples, Phuket Old Peoples. Aboriginal Malays with a unique Malay language. A member of macrolanguage Malay [msa].

Language Use

Often replaced by Thai [tha] or Malay or both when members of the group settle down (Bradley 2007b). Adults only. Most also use Thai [tha] (Bradley 2007b).

Language Development

Various Thai script and romanized literacy materials (Bradley 2007b). Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1998.


Thai script [Thai].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.

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