Karen language resources
Karen is spoken on a daily basis in: Myanmar, Thailand
Additional background on
The Karen languages are spoken by the Karen people and are classified as part of the Tibeto-Burman group of the Sino-Tibetan language family. The three main branches are Sgaw, Pwo, and Pa'o; they are not considered to be mutually intelligible. Karenni (also known Kayah or Red Karen) and Kayan (also known as Padaung) are related to the Sgaw branch. They are almost unique among the Tibeto-Burman languages in having a Subject Verb Object word order; other than Karen and Bai, Tibeto-Burman languages feature a Subject Object Verb order . This is likely due to influence from neighboring Mon and Tai languages. The languages are also considered unusual for not having any Chinese influence.
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All data is derived from UNESCO.