Karen, Pwo Western

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A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Bassein Pwo Karen, Delta Pwo Karen, Mon Karen, Mutheit, Phlong, Phlong Sho, Pho, Talaing Karen
Population

210,000, decreasing. Very few monolinguals.

Location

Ayeyarwaddy Region, Delta area, Bassein, Twante, Ma Ubin, Ein Meh, Kyone Pyaw, Hin Thada, and Yangon.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Very little dialectal variation among Western Pwo Karen.

Typology

SVO

Language Use

Vigorous in villages; lessening in towns. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Burmese [mya].

Language Development
Summer and church literacy classes in many communities; used and taught in Bible schools. Dictionary. Bible: 1883–1885.
Writing
Myanmar (Burmese) script.
Other Comments

Buddhist, Christian.