Kháng language

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Not to be confused with Tay Khang language.
Mang U’
Native to Vietnam
Region Sơn La and Lai Châu provinces
Native speakers
14,000  (2009 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 kjm
Glottolog khan1274[2]

Kháng (Chinese: 抗语), also known as Mang U’, is an Austroasiatic language of Vietnam. It is closely related of the Bumang language of southern Yunnan, China. Kháng may be Palaungic, although Jerold Edmondson suggests Khmuic affinity.

Kháng is most closely related to Bumang (Edmondson 2010).


Kháng speakers are an officially recognized ethnic group in Vietnam, and officially numbered 10,272 in 1999.

The Kháng are distributed in the following districts of northwest Vietnam in Sơn La Province and Lai Châu Province:[3]


  1. ^ Kháng at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Khang". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Edmondson, Jerold A. (2010). "The Kháng language of Vietnam in comparison to Ksingmul (Xinh-mun)". In McElhanon, Kenneth A.; Reesink, Ger. A Mosaic of languages and cultures: studies celebrating the career of Karl J. Franklin. SIL e-Books (19). SIL International, Dallas. p. 140. 
  • Dao Jie 刀洁. 2007. Bumang yu yanjiu 布芒语研究 [A study of Bumang]. Beijing: Minzu University.

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