Rawang (Rvwàng)

Rawang is a member of the Nungish branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family. It is spoken by about 63,000 people mainly in northern Myanmar, and also in southwestern China and northeastern India. In particular, it is spoken in the Mae Hka and and Maeli Hka river valleys in the Putao District in the north of Kachin State in northern Myanmar. In China it is spoken mainly in Gongshan Derung and Nu Autonomous County in the northwest of Yunnan Province, and speakers are known as Dulong. In India it is spoken in the state of Arunachal Pradesh.

Rawang is also known as Krangku, Chiutse, Ch’opa, Ganung-Rawang, Hkanung, Kiutze, Nung, Nung Rawang or Qiuze. Rawang speakers call it Rvwàng [rəwaŋ]. Dialects include Daru-Jerwang, Khrangkhu, Matwang, Tangsar East, Tangsar West and Thaluq.

A way to write Rawang with the Latin alphabet was developed between 1962 and 1963 by Robert H. Morse, an American missionary. It is based on the Matwang dialect, which is considered the standard dialect and is used for communication between different groups of Rawang people.

Rawang alphabet

Rawang alphabet

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Notes

Syllables ending in p, t, q or k have a high tone.

Sample text

Duru vsv̀ngmø̀ng nø carvmàng kv̀y nø vnùng rvmv̀y kv̀y v̀n køq wv́y vmø̀mø̀ pvngpaq yvng yitsí yv́ngé. Vnùng wangdòng wv́y nø Lunggwi rvzì gutlvy Tvrùng wangdòng yvng yitsi yv́ngé. Tvrùng wangdòng kv̀y nø cárvmàng kv̀y Punggrìng v̀n brvt kv̀y mvkø̀mdv́m kv̀y vzǿkòng gvbà ò nø vzǿ lv̀m yv́ngé.

Translation

The Duru tribes have been living in the upper part of the Salween River since ancient times and have gradually moved to the lower part of the river. From the Salween River, they passed Long Gwai Mountain and went down to the side of Ta Thang Creek. There is a history that in the past, during the Phong Gren era, they held a big Mano festival in Makhun Dam near Thang River.

Source: https://daruweb.org/rawd/mvsǿn

Sample text (The Lord's Prayer - Luke 11: 2-4)

  1. Wekvt Yesuí angmaq svng, “Namaq vju èrøt nøng dvgvp yadø èrøtnø̀ng. ‘Vpèá, Nà bø̀ng svng shànshér dø vpǿ laq sháì. Nà móngdàn laq tuq daq.
  2. Ni vrv̀m ràì we v́mpa nøngmaq svng èzí daqshà.
  3. Nøngmaq svng nàléì rì kaq nøngmaqí chutnaì dø, Nøngmaq mvràrì gø èchutna daqsha. Dvløtra yv́ng svng nøngmaq mèshø̄lshà ni,’ wa èrøtnø̀ng,” a:lòe.

Source: https://live.bible.is/bible/RAWBIB/LUK/11

Translation

  1. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
  2. Give us day by day our daily bread.
  3. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

Source: https://www.bible.com/bible/1/LUK.11.KJV

Sample videos in Rawang

Links

Information about Rawang
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rawang_language
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rawang
https://www.webonary.org/rawang/overview/introduction/
https://www.sil.org/resources/search/language/raw
https://archive.org/details/Morse1965
http://olac.ldc.upenn.edu/language/raw
https://digital.library.unt.edu/explore/collections/RWLR/
https://daruweb.org/rawd
https://www.rawang.org/

Sino-Tibetan languages

Angami, Bai, Darmiya, Galo, Miju, Rawang, Tangut, Thangmi, Tujia

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

Page created: 06.11.23. Last modified: 06.11.23

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