Riang Lai


A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Ban Roi, Liang Sek, Ranei, Red Riang, Riang Saek, Riang Sak, Striped Karen, Yang, Yang Lai, Yin Kya, Yinchia, Yinja

12,000 (2008), decreasing.


Shan state: Langkho district.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).


None known. Related to Riang Lang [ril]. Traditionally, the 2 groups occupy different social and geographic space and wear different traditional clothing styles. Not related to the Riang [ria] and Kok Borok [trp]-speaking Riang people of India and Bangladesh or to Pa’o [blk], which is Sino-Tibetan.



Language Use

Endangered. All domains. Some young people, all adults. Positive attitudes. Most also use Shan [shn], particularly a southern dialect. Also use Burmese [mya].


Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Related to Riang Lang [ril]. Included in official ethnic group list as Yin Kya. Called Karen (‘yin’ and ‘yang’) by the Burmese [mya] and Shan [shn] due to their dress. Yinchia or Yin Kya means Striped (tiger) Karen in Burmese. Buddhist, traditional religion.

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