Karen, Paku

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A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Mogpha, Mogwa, Monebwa, Monnepwa, Mopaga, Mopha, Pagu, Paku, Thalwepwe
Population

5,300 (1983 census).

Location

North Kayin State, hills southeast of Taungoo in east Bago Region bordering Kayin State; south Kayah State.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Bawgali, Kyauk Gyi, Mawchi, Shwe Kyin. Dialects based on villages: Kyauk Gyi and Shwe Kyin are spoken in east Bago Region, Taungoo District near Kayin State border; Mawchi is spoken in Kayah State; Bawgali is spoken in north Kayin State. Some Paku dialects are reportedly quite similar to S’gaw Karen [ksw], while others are more similar to Bwe [bwe] and Geba [kvq].

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. 5,000 also use S’gaw Karen [ksw]. Also use Burmese [mya].

Language Development
The Paku Karen use S’gaw Karen [ksw] literature and consider it to be their own. S’gaw Karen literacy classes in some Christian communities through the churches.
Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Christian.