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Kayah, Eastern

A language of Myanmar

ISO 639-3: eky

Population 261,578 in Myanmar (2000 WCD). Population total all countries: 360,220.
Region Maehongson, east of the Salween River. Also spoken in Thailand.
Alternate names   Red Karen, Karenni, Kayay, Kayah
Dialects Distinct from but related to Bwe Karen (Bghai), forming a dialect cluster. Speakers have difficulty understanding Western Kayah of Myanmar.
Classification Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Karen, Sgaw-Bghai, Kayah
Language development Literacy rate in first language: 1% to 5%. Literacy rate in second language: 50% to 75%.

Also spoken in:

Thailand

Language name   Kayah, Eastern
Population 98,642 in Thailand (2000 WCD).
Region Maehongson Province, east of the Salween River.
Alternate names   Red Karen, Karennyi, Kayay, Kayah
Language use They have a strong ethnic feeling that all Kayah are the same ethnic group.
Language development Literacy rate in first language: 1% to 5%. Literacy rate in second language: 60% in Thai.