L1 users: 133,000 (2005 E. Phan). Total users in all countries: 133,180.
Kayah state; Kayin state: Thandaung township; Shan state: Pekon township; Mandalay region: Pyinmana township. Kayah state: Lahwi and northwest Dimawso townships. Shan state: south Pekon (Kayan Lahwi dialect); northwest Kayah state: Dimawso area (Kayan Kangan dialect).
Standard Pekon, Kayan Lahwi, Kayan Kangan (Yeinbaw, Yinbaw). Significant dialectal variation. Most seem to understand standard Pekon (prestige) dialect. Lexical similarity: more than 90% among dialects, 71%–76% with Lahta [kvt].
SVO; Word Order; Prepositions; Noun Head: Initial; Content Q-Word Position: In Situ; Consonants: 22, Vowels: 17; Tone: High, High-Breathy, Mid-Breathy, Low, Low-Breathy, Falling.
Latin script [Latn].
Christian, Buddhist, traditional religion.