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Pyen language

Native toMyanmar
RegionShan State
Native speakers
600 (2013)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3pyy

Pyen (Hpyin, Phen; pʰɛn)[2] is a Loloish language of Myanmar. It is spoken by about 700 people in two villages near Mong Yang, Shan State, Burma, just to the north of Kengtung.[2]

Pyen borrows more from Lahu and Shan, while Bisu borrows more from Northern Thai and Standard Thai. Pyen and Bisu are both mutually intelligible, since the two form a dialect chain along with Laomian and Laopin of China, and some Phunoi varieties of Laos (Person 2007). Pyen shares 36% lexical similarity with Hani, 32% with Lahu, and 31% with Lisu.[3]


  1. ^ Pyen at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b Person, Kirk R. 2007. A preliminary phonological sketch of Pyen, with comparison to Bisu. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
  3. ^ "Myanmar". Ethnologue: Languages of the World. 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-10-10.
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