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Riang

A language of Myanmar

ISO 639-3ril

Population  12,500 in Myanmar (2008). Population total all countries: 15,500.
Region  Shan state, northeast Myanmar. Also in China.
Alternate names   Yinnet, Black Riang, Black Karen, Yanglam, Black Yang, Riang-Lang, Yin, Yang, Liang Sek, Yang Wan Kun
Dialects  Black Riang, Red Riang. Not related to the Tripuri [trp] speaking Riang of India and Bangladesh. Not related to Black (Pa’o) Karen [blk], which is Sino-Tibetan. The degree of difference between Red and Black Riang is unknown but these have been treated as separate languages traditionally, occupy different social and geographic space, and wear different styles of traditional clothing.
Classification  Austro-Asiatic, Mon-Khmer, Northern Mon-Khmer, Palaungic, Western Palaungic, Riang
Language use  Some also use Shan [shn].
Language development  Bible portions: 1950.
Writing system  Bengali script.
Comments  Not part of the Deang nationality in China. SVO.

Also spoken in:

China

Language name   Riang
Population  3,000 in China (1995).
Region  Southwest Yunnan, Lincang Prefecture, Zhenkang County; Baoshan Prefecture, Longyang County.
Language map  Southwestern China
Alternate names  De’ang, Liang, Liang Palaung, Na’ang, Riang-Lang, Xiaoan’gou, Xiaochanggou, Yang Sek, Yang Wan Kun, Yanglam, Yin
Comments  Classified as De’ang nationality, along with Palaung speakers. Traditional religion.
 
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