32,000,000 in Myanmar (2000 D. Bradley), increasing. 250,000 Beik, 20,000 Yaw (Bradley 2007). Population total all countries: 32,035,300. L2 users: 10,000,000 in Myanmar. Minority peoples throughout the country.
Widespread in central Myanmar.
1 (National). Statutory national language (1974, Constitution, Articles 102, 152(b), 198).
Beik (Merguese, Mergui), Mandalay Burmese, Yangon Burmese, Yaw. Diglossic high and low varieties. Bangladesh speakers use a non-standard variety called Bomang.
The official language name is Myanmar. Educated speech has many Pali borrowings. Buddhist.