Geba Karen language

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Native toBurma
Native speakers
40,000 (2010)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3kvq

Geba, also known as Eastern Bwe, is a Karen language of Burma.



  • Sawkho
  • Gerkho-Geba
  • Thamitaik (Sawkeepho)


The consonant inventory of Geba is presented below. The consonants in parentheses occur rarely and confirming whether they are phonemes would require further research.[3]

Labial Dental Alveolar Palatal Post-alveolar Velar Glottal
Plosives Voiceless aspirated tʃʰ
Voiceless unaspirated p t (tʃ) k ʔ
Voiced b d g
Implosives ɓ ɗ
Fricatives Voiceless aspirated
Voiceless unaspirated θ s ʃ (x) h
Voiced (ɣ) (ɦ)
Nasals Voiceless
Voiced m n (ŋ)
Approximants Voiceless
Voiced w l j
Trills r


  1. ^ Geba at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Geba Karen". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Shee, Naw Hsar (2008). A Descriptive Grammar of Geba Karen. Payap University. p. 43.

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