Kayah, Eastern


A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Karenni, Karennyi, Kayah Li, Kayay, Kayeh, Red Karen

8,000 in Myanmar (2007). Total users in all countries: 26,000.


Kayah State, Shadaw township, east of Thanlwin river; Shan State, Langkho district.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


Upper Eastern Kayah, Lower Eastern Kayah. Upper Eastern Kayah and Lower Eastern Kayah are mutually intelligible; Huai Sua Thaw village (Lower Eastern) is prestigious in both dialect groups. Difficulty understanding Western Kayah [kyu].

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Most also use S’gaw Karen [ksw]. Also use Burmese [mya], Shan [shn], Thai [tha], Western Kayah [kyu].

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar.

Kayah Li script [Kali].

Other Comments

Buddhist, Christian, traditional religion.

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