Akha language

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Native to Burma, China, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam
Ethnicity Akha
Native speakers
ca. 600,000  (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ahk
Glottolog akha1245[2]

Akha is the language spoken by the Akha people of southern China (Yunnan Province), eastern Burma (Shan State), northern Laos, and northern Thailand.

Chinese linguists consider all Hani languages, including Akha, to be dialects of a single language. Western scholars classify them as separate mutually unintelligible, but closely related, languages. Akha itself has several dialects, some of which are mutually unintelligible.


  1. ^ Akha at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Akha". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.