Red Karen language
|Native speakers||190,000 (2000–2007)1|
|Writing system||Kayah Li alphabet|
eky – Eastern Kayah
kyu – Western Kayah
kvy – Yintale
kxf – Manumanaw (Manu)
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.
- Eastern Kayah reference at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
Western Kayah reference at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
Yintale reference at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
Manumanaw (Manu) reference at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
- Christopher Beckwith, International Association for Tibetan Studies, 2002. Medieval Tibeto-Burman languages, p. 108.