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Northern Pwo language

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Northern Pwo
Native toThailand
EthnicityKayah people
Native speakers
(60,000 cited 1983)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3pww

Northern Pwo, or Phlong, is a Karen language of Thailand. It is not intelligible with other varieties of Pwo, though it is close to Phrae Pwo. Northern Pwo consists of the mutually intelligible dialects of Mae Ping, Omkoi (Hod), and Mae Sarieng.


  • Chiang Mai, Lamphun, and Tak provinces
  • Mae Hong Son province (15–25 villages): Mae Sarieng town, Mae Ngaw along Salween river, from Hot to Mae Sarieng.


  1. ^ Northern Pwo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Pwo Northern Karen". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  • Phillips, Audra. 2009. Lexical Similarity in Pwo Karen. In PYU Working Papers in Linguistics 5, Audra Phillips (ed.). Chiang Mai, Thailand: Payap University Linguistics Department.
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