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Mon

A language of Myanmar

ISO 639-3: mnw

Population 742,900 in Myanmar (2004). Population total all countries: 850,530.
Region Eastern delta region from east of Rangoon as far as Ye and Thailand; south Martaban, adjacent area. Also spoken in Thailand.
Alternate names   Talaing, Mun, Peguan
Dialects Mataban-Moulmein (Central Mon, Mon Te), Pegu (Northern Mon, Mon Tang), Ye (Southern Mon, Mon Nya).
Classification Austro-Asiatic, Mon-Khmer, Monic
Language use Many young people use only Burmese. The Mon can read Burmese and are generally bilingual in Burmese.
Language development Ancient script, Indic-based derived from Pali. Bible: 1928.
Comments Remnants of a nation that once spread over southern Myanmar and western Thailand. SVO.

Also spoken in:

Thailand

Language name   Mon
Population 107,630 in Thailand (2000 WCD).
Region On the Myanmar border, Kanchanaburi, Pathum Thani, Rat Buri, Surat Thani, Lopburi, Khorat; north and south of Bangkok.
Alternate names   Talaing, Taleng, Aleng, Mun, Peguan, Takanoon
Comments In some areas they have apparently integrated with the Thai, in other areas they are separate. Traditional religion, Buddhist.