THE S’GAW KAREN LANGUAGE
S’gaw Karen, spoken by an estimated 1.2 million people in Myanmar and Thailand, is one of 21 varieties in the Karenic language family. S’gaw is the largest of these and has three dialects: Eastern, Southern, and Delta. Outside of Myanmar and Thailand, S’gaw Karen speakers reside in the United States and Australia. In written form, S’gaw Karen draws from an adaptation of Burmese script. Because of missionary efforts largely attributed to Adoniram and Anne Judson, in 1853, the first Karen Bible was completed.