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S'gaw Karen language

Native to Burma, Thailand
Ethnicity S'gaw
Native speakers
unknown (1.5 million cited 1983–2006)[1]
Burmese script (S'gaw alphabet)
Karen Braille
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
ksw – S'gaw
jkp – Paku
jkm – Mopwa
wea – Wewaw

S'gaw, also known as S'gaw Karen and S'gaw Kayin, is a Karen language spoken by over four million S'gaw Karen people in Burma, and 200,000 in Thailand. S'gaw Karen is spoken in Tanintharyi Region's Ayeyarwady Delta, Yangon Division, Bago Division and Kayin State. It is written using the Mon script. A Bible translation was published in 1853.

Various divergent dialects are sometimes seen as separate languages: Paku in the northeast, Mopwa (Mobwa) in the northwest, Wewew, and Monnepwa.[2]


  1. ^ S'gaw at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Paku at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Mopwa at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Wewaw at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Christopher Beckwith, International Association for Tibetan Studies, 2002. Medieval Tibeto-Burman languages, p. 108.

External links

  • S'gaw Karen Grammar
  • S'gaw Karen Dictionary
  • S'gaw Karen Bible
  • S'gaw Karen Picture Bible
  • SEAlang Library Sgaw Karen Dictionary
  • Drum Publication Group
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