Eastern Pwo language
|Native to||Burma, Thailand|
|Ethnicity||Pwo Karen people|
|1 million (1998)|
|Burmese script (various alphabets)
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.
- Kayin State and Tanintharyi Region: long contiguous area near Thai border
- Bago Region: Bago and Toungoo townships
- Pa’an (Inland Eastern Pwo Karen, Moulmein)
- Kawkareik (Eastern Border Pwo Karen)
- Tavoy (Southern Pwo Karen)