Waic languages

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Ethnicity: Wa people
Burma, China
Linguistic classification: Austroasiatic
Glottolog: waic1245[1]

The Waic languages are spoken in Shan State, Burma, in Northern Thailand and in Yunnan province, China.


Gerard Diffloth reconstructed Proto-Waic in a 1980 paper. His classification is as follows (Sidwell 2009). (Note: Individual languages are highlighted in italics.)

  • Waic
    • Samtau (later renamed "Blang" by Diffloth)
      • Samtau
    • Wa–Lawa–La
      • Wa proper
      • Lawa
        • Bo Luang
        • Umphal


  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Waic". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  • Sidwell, Paul. 2009. Classifying the Austroasiatic languages: history and state of the art. LINCOM studies in Asian linguistics, 76. Munich: Lincom Europa.