32,000,000 in Myanmar (2000 D. Bradley), increasing. Population total all countries: 32,035,300.
Widespread in central Myanmar. Also in Malaysia, Thailand, United States.
1 (National). Statutory national language (1974, Constitution, Articles 102, 152(b), 198).
Beik (Merguese, Mergui), Mandalay Burmese, Yangon Burmese, Yaw. Diglossic high and low varieties. Beik (250,000) and Yaw (20,000) are distinct varieties (Bradley 1997). Bangladesh speakers use a non-standard variety called Bomang [mya].
The official language name is Myanmar. Educated speech has many Pali borrowings. Buddhist.