ꤜꤤ꤬ꤡꤢ꤭ꤏꤢꤧ꤭ ꤢ꤬ꤞꤢꤧ꤭ ꤔꤢ ꤟꤢꤩ꤬ꤋꤢꤨ꤬ꤓꤝꤟꤥ꤭ꤜꤢꤨ ꤊꤢ꤬ꤛꤢ꤭ꤜꤟꤤ꤬ꤍꤟꤥ (KYUNTGEN)
Western Kayah - Kaya Western
Kayah, Western (kyu)
A language of Myanmar
Alternate names: Kayah Lli, Karenni, Karennyi, Red Karen, Yang Daeng, Karieng Daeng.
The population of Kayah, Western is 100,000 as of 2007. 2,000 refugees are encamped in Thailand. This is a dialect of 400 people in 4 villages east of Bawlake in Kayah state. Kayah and Kayin (Karen) states are west of the Pong River.
This dialect is distinct from, but related to, Bwe Karen [bwe], forming a dialect continuum from Thailand (Eastern Kayah) to western Kayah state.
The classification is Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Karen, Sgaw-Bghai, Kayah.
The literacy rate is 1%5%. The writing system includes Kayah Li script, Latin script (which is preferred by Catholics), and the Myanmar (Burmese) script.
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