Moken

Facts

  • Language: Moken
  • Alternate names: Mawken, Basing, Selung, Selong, Salong, Salon, Chau Ko'
  • Language code: mwt
  • Language family: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Malayic, Moklen
  • Number of speakers: 7000
  • Script: Latin script

Introduction

Moken language is a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken by Sea Gypsies living in the western coastal waters of Burma and Thailand. The people refer to themselves as Mawken or Moken. They are called Selung or Salon by the Burmese.

There are six dialects of Moken;

The Moken Alphabet

There is an existing Burmese-based ortography. There have also been at least two earlier ortographies:

Sample Verbs

The sample verbs are written in phonetic script.

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