Eastern Pwo language

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Eastern Pwo
Southern Pwo
Eastern Phlou
Native to Burma, Thailand
Ethnicity Kayah people
Native speakers
one million  (1998)[1]
Burmese script (various alphabets)
Leke script
Language codes
ISO 639-3 kjp
Glottolog pwoe1235[2]

Eastern Pwo, or Phlou, is a Karen language spoken by over a million people in Burma and by about 50,000 in Thailand, where it has been called Southern Pwo. It is not intelligible with other varieties of Pwo.

A script called Leke was developed between 1830 and 1860 and is used by members of the millenarian Leke sect of Buddhism. Otherwise a variety of Burmese alphabets are used, and refugees in Thailand have created a Thai alphabet which is in limited use.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eastern Pwo at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Pwo Eastern Karen". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.