Riang Lai

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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
Population

12,000 (2008), decreasing.

Location

Shan state: Langkho district.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

None known. Related to Riang Lang [ril]. Traditionally, the two 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.

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

Endangered. Also use Burmese [mya]. Also use Shan [shn], particularly a southern dialect.

Writing

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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