A language of Myanmar

ISO 639-3: prk

Population 348,400 in Myanmar (1983). Population total all countries: 528,400.
Region Shan State, upper Salween River area. Also spoken in China.
Alternate names   Wa, Praok, Phalok, Baraog
Dialects Related to Lawa and Wa in Thailand and China.
Classification Austro-Asiatic, Mon-Khmer, Northern Mon-Khmer, Palaungic, Western Palaungic, Waic, Wa
Language use A large and powerful group. The standard form for the Wa official nationality in China.
Language development NT: 1938.
Comments Traditional culture. Mountain slope. Buddhist (Hinayana), Christian.

Also spoken in: China
Language name   Parauk
Population 180,000 in China (1990 census).
Region Awa Mountains, southwest Yunnan as far east as the Lancang (Mekong) River.
Alternate names   Wa, Praok, Baraog, Baroke



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Part of the Wa official nationality, which includes 3 languages: Parauk, Wa, and Western Lawa. Parauk is the largest and the standard. A large and powerful group. Traditional culture. Taught at Kunming Institute. Mountain slope. Agriculturalists: potatoes, cotton, hemp, tobacco, sugarcane, tea, rice, beans, buckwheat, maize; some hunters. Buddhist (Hinayana), Christian.