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Danau language

Native to Burma
Native speakers
1,000  (2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 dnu
Glottolog dana1252[2]

Danau (Danaw) is a Mon–Khmer language of Burma. It is the most divergent member of the Palaungic branch (Sidwell 2010). Danau is spoken by about 1,000 people near Aungban, Kalaw Township, Shan State (Ethnologue).

According to historical accounts, the Danau had served as archers for King Alaungpaya, who founded the Konbaung Dynasty in the 1700s. The Danau settled in the Pindaya region after returning from wars in Thailand.[3]


  1. ^ Danau at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Danau". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^
  • A preliminary documentation of Danau, an endangered language of Myanmar (Burma)

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