Karen, Pwo Northern

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A language of Thailand

Alternate Names
Phlong
Population

60,000 (1983 SIL).

Location

Northwest; Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Lamphun, and Tak provinces; Mae Sarieng town, Mae Ngaw along Salween river, 15–25 villages, Hot to Mae Sarieng.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Mae Ping, Mae Sarieng, Omkoi (Hod). Dialects mutually intelligible. Pwo Karen of Phrae [kjt], Kanchanaburi, and Hua Hin are not intelligible with these. Lexical similarity: 87% with Phrae Province Pwo Karen [kjt] of Thailand, 68%–73% with other Pwo Karen.

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

Little knowledge of Thai [tha] in Hot to Mae Sarieng area.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. NT: 2002.
Writing

Thai script [Thai].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.