Kayah or Kayah Li is a member of Karen branch of the Sino-Tibetan
language family. It is spoken by about 210,000 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.
- 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.
Download Kayah Li fonts (TrueType format, 37K)
Information about the Karenni people
Information about the Kayah State
Karenni Students Union (includes free Karenni/Kayah-li fonts)