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Karen, S'gaw

A language of Myanmar

ISO 639-3: ksw

Population 1,284,700 in Myanmar (1983). Population total all countries: 1,584,700.
Region Irrawaddy delta area, Tenasserim, the Pegu range between the Irrawaddy and Sittang, the eastern hills. Also spoken in Thailand.
Alternate names   S'gaw, S'gau, S'gaw Kayin, Kanyaw, Paganyaw, Pwakanyaw, White Karen, Burmese Karen, Yang Khao, Pchcknya, Kyetho
Dialects Panapu, Palakhi (Palachi). Close to Paku.
Classification Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Karen, Sgaw-Bghai, Sgaw
Language development Bible: 1853–1995.
Comments SVO.

Also spoken in:

Thailand

Language name   Karen, S'gaw
Population 300,000 in Thailand (1987 E. Hudspith).
Region Tak, Maehongson, Chiangmai, and Chiangrai provinces, near the Myanmar border.
Alternate names   S'gaw, S'gau, S'gaw Kayin, Kanyaw, Paganyaw, Pwakanyaw, White Karen, Burmese Karen, Yang Khao
Dialects Panapu, Palakhi (Palachi).
Language development Literacy rate in first language: 10% to 30%. Literacy rate in second language: 25% to 50%.
Comments Traditional religion, Christian.