Karen, Pwo Western

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A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Bassein Pwo Karen, Delta Pwo Karen, Mon Karen, Mutheit, Pathein Pwo Karen, Phlong, Phlong Sho, Pho, Shu, Talaing Karen
Population

210,000, decreasing.

Location

Ayeyarwady: Einmeh, Maubin, Pathein, Twante, others; Bago: including Kyonpyaw and Hinthada towns; Yangon: Twante.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Very little dialectal variation among Western Pwo Karen.

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

Vigorous in villages; lessening in towns. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Burmese [mya]. Used as L2 by S’gaw Karen [ksw].

Language Development
Summer and church literacy classes in many communities; used and taught in Bible schools. Dictionary. Bible: 1883–1885.
Writing

Myanmar (Burmese) script [Mymr].

Other Comments

Buddhist, Christian.

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