Pwo Karen languages

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Pwo
Phlou
Ethnicity: Phlou people
Geographic
distribution:
Burma and across the border into Thailand
Linguistic classification: Sino-Tibetan
Glottolog: pwoo1239[1]

The Pwo Karen languages are the second largest group of the Karen languages. The four languages are at best marginally mutually intelligible:

The people who speak these languages are referred to by many names, notably "Pwo Karen". The Pwo Karen people have lived in the eastern part of Burma for centuries, and in the western and northern parts of Thailand for at least seven or eight centuries.

The endonym is Phlou [phʰou̯] or Ka Phlou [ka pʰlou̯], meaning "Karen" or "human beings".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Pwo". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.