Red Karen language

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Red Karen
Kayah
Karenni
Native to Burma
Ethnicity Kayah
Native speakers
190,000  (2000–2007)[1]
Sino-Tibetan
Kayah Li alphabet
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
eky – Eastern Kayah
kyu – Western Kayah
kvy – Yintale
kxf – Manumanaw (Manu)

Red Karen or Karenni, known in Burmese as Kayah, is a Karen dialect continuum spoken by over half a million Kayah people (Red Karen) in Burma.

The name Kayah is "a new name invented by the Burmese to split them off from other Karen".[2]

Eastern Kayah is reported to have been spoken by 260,000 in Burma and 100,000 in Thailand in 2000, and Western Kayah by 210,000 in Burma in 1987. They are rather divergent. Among the Western dialects are Yintale and Manu (Manumanaw in Burmese). There are inconsistent reports of whether Yinbaw is Red Karen or Geko Karen.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eastern Kayah at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Western Kayah at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Yintale at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Manumanaw (Manu) at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Christopher Beckwith, International Association for Tibetan Studies, 2002. Medieval Tibeto-Burman languages, p. 108.

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