Karen, Geko

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A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Gaikho, Gek’o, Gekho, Ghekhol, Ghekhu, Gheko, Kakhau, Kayan, Kayan Kakhau, Kekaungdu, Kekhong, Keku, Yathu Gekho
Population

17,000 (Manson 2010).

Location

Bago region: Toungoo district; Mandalay region: Yamethin district; Kayin state: Thandaunggyi township; Shan state: Pekon township.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Geker, Gekho, Thaidai (Htideh).

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Some also use S’gaw Karen [ksw]. Also use Burmese [mya].

Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Geko Karen is often considered a sub-variety or clan of Kayan [pdu]. Geko Karen and Geba Karen [kvq] are grouped together in the local Baptist Association administration and are often considered to be the same language (Geko-Geba), although they are distinct. Christian.

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