Muak Sa-aak language

Muak Sa-aak
Region Burma, China
Native speakers
4,500 (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ukk
Glottolog None

Muak Sa-aak (autonym: mùak sɤ́ʔàak, meaning 'mountain slope') is an Angkuic language spoken in the Burma-China border region by over 4,000 people. It is not to be confused with a similar Angkuic language called Mok.


There are some 4,460 Muak Sa-aak in Burma and China. Muak Sa-aak speakers are located primarily in Mong Yawng Township, Shan State, Burma (Hall 2010:4). There are at least 2 villages in China, with speakers possibly located in Thailand as well, though it would be nearly extinct there (Hall 2010).

Hall (2010) analyzes phonological data from the Muak Sa-aak village of Wan Fai, eastern Shan State, Burma, which has 620 people and is located very close to the Chinese border.


  1. Hopple, Paulette. 2007. Notes re: the visit of Plang from Mong Yawng. Unpublished ms (quoted in Hall 2010).

Further reading

Journal articles
  • Hall, Elizabeth. 2014. Impact of Tai Lue on Muak Sa-aak phonology. Mon-Khmer Studies Journal vol. 43.1:24–30.
  • Hall, Elizabeth. 2014. An Analysis of Muak Sa-aak Tone. JSEALS vol. 7:1-10.
  • Hall, Elizabeth. 2013. A phonological description of Muak Sa-aak. Mon-Khmer Studies Journal vol. 42:26-39
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