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Kayah Li   Kayah Li

Kayah or Kayah Li is a member of Karen branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family. It is spoken by about 590,000 people in the Kayah and Karen states of Burma (Myanmar). The language and people who speak it are also known as Western Kayah, Karenni, Karennyi, Red Karen, Yang Daeng or Karieng Daeng.

The Kayah Li alphabet was devised by Htae Bu Phae in March 1962. It is taught in schools in refugee camps in Thailand. It appears to be modelled, to some extent, on scripts such as Thai and Burmese.

Notable features

  • Type of writing system: alphabet
  • Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines
  • Consonants Other vowels are written with separate letters or with diacritics attached to the letter a.
  • Tones are indicated by diacritics below the consonants.
  • Used to write: Kayah or Kayah Li, a Karen language spoken in Burma by about 590,000 people.

Kayah Li alphabet

Download Kayah Li fonts (TrueType format, 37K)

Links

Information about the Kayah Li language and alphabet
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kayah_languages
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kayah_Li_alphabet
http://std.dkuug.dk/jtc1/sc2/wg2/docs/n3038.pdf (PDF)

Kayah Li lesson
http://www.karennirefugees.com/learn-kayah.html

Information about the Karenni people
http://www.karenni.org/about_the_karenni.php

Online Karenni news
http://ktimes.org/

Information about the Kayah State
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kayah_State

Karenni Students Union (includes free Karenni/Kayah-li fonts)
http://www.karennisu.org

Tibeto-Burman languages

Burmese, Dzongkha, Garo, Kayah Li, Karen, Lepcha, Limbu, Lisu, Manipuri, Marma, Mizo, Mro, Naxi, Nepal Bhasa / Newari, Sunuwar, Tangut, Tibetan, Tshangla, Tujia, Yi

Alphabets

Armenian, Avestan, Bassa (Vah), Beitha Kukju, Borama / Gadabuursi, Carian, Carpathian Basin Rovas, Chinuk pipa, Coorgi-Cox, Coptic, Cyrillic, Dalecarlian runes, Elbasan, Etruscan, Galik, Georgian (Asomtavruli), Georgian (Nuskhuri), Georgian (Mkhedruli), Glagolitic, Gothic, Greek, Irish (Uncial), Kaddare, Khazarian Rovas, Korean, Latin, Leptonic, Lycian, Lydian, Manchu, Meroïtic, Mongolian, N'Ko, Ogham, Old Church Slavonic, Oirat Clear Script, Old Italic, Old Permic, Orkhon, Phrygian, Pollard script, Runic, Santali, Székely-Hungarian Rovás (Hungarian Runes), Somali (Osmanya), Sutton SignWriting, Tai Lue, Thaana, Todhri, Uyghur


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