Hakha Chin language
|Lai Pawi, Lai Holh|
|Native to||Burma, India, Bangladesh|
|Native speakers||130,000 (1991–2001)|
Hakha Chin (Baungshe, Lai) is a language spoken in southern Asia by 446,264 people. The total figure includes 2,000 Zokhua, and 60,100 Lai speakers. The speakers are largely concentrated in Mizoram in eastern India and Burma, with a small number of speakers in Bangladesh.
Even though there is no official language in Chin State (Burma), Lai holh is used as a communication language or lingua franca in most parts of Chin State. It's used as a native language in Hakha and Thantlang area. And it's used as a communication language or lingua franca in Matupi. As Hakha and Falam dialects are from the same Lai dailect and 85% of the phonetic and accent are exactly the same, people from Falam can easily communicate with Hakha language. Strictly speaking, as Hakha is the capital of Chin State; Chins people from many parts of Chin State settle down in Hakha, or serve or work temporarily as a government employee or business men and eventually they including their children learn and speak Hakha. In this way, nowadays Hakha (Lai) dialect is used as a communication or lingua franca in the present day Chin State.
|Fricatives and laterals|
Literacy and literature
The literacy rates are lower for the older people and higher in the younger generations. The Hakha-Chin language uses the Latin script, unlike most languages of India and Bangladesh who use Devanagari or other southeast-Asian alphabets. Between 1978 and 1999 the Bible was translated into the language.
In 2000 1,264 spoke it in Bangladesh, according to WCD. The language is also known as simply Haka, Baungshe, or Lai here. Bangladesh is where Shonshe is spoken and it may be a language in its own right.
There were 345,000 speakers in India according to UBS in 1996. It is also known as: Haka, Baungshe, Lai, Lai Pawi, Lai Hawlh. The majority of the youth is literate in India. It is taught in primary schools in this nation. In India it is spoken in the Mizoram District, Chhimtuipui District and Aizawl district in addition to Meghalaya at the southernmost tip of Assam area.
The Hakha-Chin people and the Hakha-Chin speaking people are largely of the Lai Pawi tribe of people. In the nation of India, they are a Scheduled Tribe, that is to say they have official government status as a separate and distinct community, people, and culture. These people live in the forests and jungles of India. These remote areas are very hilly and mountainous. The livelihoods of most of them are based on swidden agriculture. The predominant religion in practice by Hakha-Chin speakers is Christianity.
- Peterson, David A. (2003). "Hakha Lai" In Graham Thurgood and Randy J. LaPolla, eds. The Sino-Tibetan Languages, 409-426. London: Routledge
- Hakha-China, Ethnologue, 1983, 1991, 1996, 2000, access date August 9, 2008
- Hakha Chin reference at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
|Hakha Chin language test of Wikipedia at Wikimedia Incubator|
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