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Bru, Eastern

A language of Laos

ISO 639-3bru

Population  69,000 in Laos (1999). Population total all countries: 124,600.
Region  East Savannehkhet Province, Sepone District. Also in Viet Nam.
Language map  Laos, reference number 10
Dialects  Leun (Leung, Kaleu), Tri (So Tri, So Trii, Chali). Partially intelligible with Western Bru [brv] of Thailand. Related to Khua [xhv]. The Mangkong dialect in Viet Nam and eastern Laos is a dialect of Eastern Bru, different linguistically from the Mangkong that are the same as So [sss] of Thailand. Mangkong is also an ethnic group.
Classification  Austro-Asiatic, Mon-Khmer, Eastern Mon-Khmer, Katuic, West Katuic, Brou-So
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. Radio programs. Dictionary. NT: 1981.
Writing system  Lao script. Latin script. Thai script.
Comments  Traditional religion.

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Viet Nam

Language name   Bru, Eastern
Population  55,600 in Viet Nam (1999 census).
Region  Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Dac Lac provinces.
Language map  Southern Viet Nam, reference number 16
Alternate names  Brou, Bru, Quang Tri Bru, Van Kieu
Dialects  Mangkong, Tri.
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%.
Comments  ‘Bru’ means ‘mountain people’. The So people in Laos also call themselves ‘Bru’. Traditional religion, Christian.