900,000 (Johnstone and Mandryk 2001). Total users in all countries: 940,000.
Kachin state: large area except north and southwest; Shan state: Lashio and Muse districts; Sagaing region: western border strip.
Hkaku (Hka-Hku), Kauri (Gauri, Guari, Hkauri), Dzili (Jili), Dulong (Dalaung, Duleng). Dzili is likely a separate language that is most likely extinct. Hkaku and Kauri are only slightly different. Lexical similarity: 50% with Singhpo [sgp] of India.
SOV; adjectives and numbers follow nouns; singular, dual, plural pronouns; tense-lax vowel distinction; 4 tones.
Latin script [Latn].
Kachin refers to a cultural, not linguistic, group. Christian.