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Kayah, Western

A language of Myanmar

ISO 639-3: kyu

Population 210,000 (1987).
Region Kayah and Karen states, west of the Pong River.
Alternate names   Kayah Li, Karenni, Karennyi, Red Karen, Yang Daeng, Karieng Daeng
Dialects Distinct from but related to Bwe Karen, forming a dialect continuum from Thailand (Eastern Kayah) to western Kayah State.
Classification Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Karen, Sgaw-Bghai, Kayah
Language development Literacy rate in first language: 1% to 5%. Dictionary.
Comments Christian, traditional religion.