L1 users: 8,000 (2007). Total users in all countries: 26,000.
Kayah state: Shadaw township east of Thanlwin river; Shan state: Langkho district.
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].
Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Most also use S’gaw Karen [ksw]. Also use Shan [shn]. Also use Burmese [mya], specifically among Buddhists and Roman Catholics. Also use Thai [tha], in education of Kayah in permanent villages. Also use Western Kayah [kyu], in education in refugee camps.
Kayah Li script [Kali].
Buddhist, Christian, traditional religion.