258,000 (2000). Total users in all countries: 272,000.
Mandalay region: Katha and Pyinoolwin townships; Shan state: Taunggyi district.
Pale, Rulai. Rulai dialect near Lashio has regular phonological changes and some lexical difference from Ruching.
Myanmar (Burmese) script [Mymr].
Kalaw dialect tends toward loss of final consonants, could be moving to develop tones. Tense vowels change into glides with a palatal final in the Pale variety. Buddhist, traditional religion.