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A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Ahka, Aini, Ak’a, Aka, Ikor, Yani, “Ekaw” (pej.), “Ikaw” (pej.), “Kaw” (pej.), “Kha Ko” (pej.), “Khako” (pej.), “Khao Kha Ko” (pej.), “Ko” (pej.)
Autonym
A˯ka˯daw˯‎ (Avkavdawv)
Population

L1 users: 200,000 (Bradley 2007a). Total users in all countries: 563,960.

Location

Shan state: east Kengtung district.

Language Status

3 (Wider communication).

Dialects

Much dialectal variation; some do not understand each other.

Typology

SOV; 5 tones.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes.

Language Development
Literacy classes in some communities. Literature. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 2001.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], used at least since 1950, used in China, Myanmar, and Thailand. Myanmar (Burmese) script [Mymr], used in Myanmar. Thai script [Thai], used in Thailand.

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