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Nung

A language of Myanmar

ISO 639-3nun

Population  400 in Myanmar (2000 D. Bradley). Population total all countries: 790. Ethnic population: 6,000 in Myanmar (2000 D. Bradley).
Region  North Myanmar. Thanlwin (Salween) (Nu) River. Also in China.
Alternate names   Anong, Anoong, Anu, Anung, Fuch’ye, Khanung, Khupang, Kiutze, Kwingsang, Kwinp’ang, Lu, Lutze, Lutzu, Nu
Dialects  Cholo, Gwaza, Miko. 15 or 16 dialects, mostly mutually inherently intelligible. Some understand the Mutwang dialect of Rawang. They may be the same as Nu River Drung in China. Lexical similarity: 70% with Rawang [raw].
Classification  Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Nungish
Language development  Grammar.
Comments  Different from Nung (Tai family) of Viet Nam, Laos, and China, and from Chinese Nung (Cantonese) of Viet Nam. SOV. Agriculturalists. Polytheist, Christian, Buddhist (Lamaist).

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China

Language name   Nung
Population  390 in China (1999 H. Sun). Almost no monolinguals. Ethnic population: 500 in China (1999 H. Sun).
Region  Yunnan, middle reaches of Nu (Salween) River, Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture, Fugong County border region, 7 hamlets: Mugujia, Hashi, Muleng, Lagagong, Ani, Qia, Lahaigong in Mugujia village, administrative region of Shangpa Township.
Language map  Southwestern China
Alternate names  Anong, Anoong, Anu, Anung, Fuch’ye, Khanung, Khupang, Kiutze, Kwingsang, Kwinp’ang, Lu, Lutze, Lutzu, Nu
Dialects  Cholo, Gwaza, Miko.
Language use  Older adults. Neutral attitude. A few leaders are concerned about its loss. Most ethnic Nung have shifted to Lisu [lis]; the rest are bilingual in Lisu. Some also speak Mandarin Chinese [cmn].
Comments  Classified in the Nu nationality. Different from Nung [nut] (Tai family) of Viet Nam, Laos, and China, and from Chinese Nung (Yue [yue]) of Viet Nam. Agriculturalists; gatherers; fishermen. Polytheist, Christian, Buddhist (Lamaist).