Pyen language

Native to Burma
Region Shan State
Native speakers
600 (2013)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 pyy
Glottolog pyen1239[2]

Pyen (Hpyin, Phen) is a Loloish language of Burma. It is spoken in two villages near Mong Yang, Shan State, Burma, just to the north of Kengtung.[3]

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).


  1. Pyen at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Pyen". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. Person, Kirk R. 2007. A preliminary phonological sketch of Pyen, with comparison to Bisu. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
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