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5. Numbers in Wa

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This appendix presents a note on the numbers in Wa. Wa uses two people to use two sets of numbers: one Wa and one borrowed from Tai/Shan. The two sets may be used separately or mixed together, depending on the size of the number, the context, and the region or dialect. Far from being a single language, Wa encompasses a diverse cluster of closely related dialects. The sociolinguistic context in which Wa is spoken is complex. Paraok and Bible Wa have reasonable currency as the de facto standard varieties of the language, and are widely understood.

Keywords: Bible Wa; Paraok Wa



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