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Cham, Western

A language of Cambodia

ISO 639-3cja

Population  290,000 in Cambodia (2006 Ministry of Interior). Population total all countries: 321,020.
Region  Near major cities and along the Mekong. Also in Australia, France, Indonesia (Java and Bali), Libya, Malaysia (Peninsular), Saudi Arabia, Thailand, United States, Viet Nam, Yemen.
Language map  Cambodia
Alternate names   Cambodian Cham, Cham, New Cham, Tjam
Dialects  Differs somewhat from Eastern Cham [cjm] of central Viet Nam.
Classification  Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Malayo-Sumbawan, North and East, Chamic, Coastal, Cham
Writing system  Arabic script. Cham script. Khmer script. Latin script.
Comments  Muslim (Sunni).

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Language name   Cham, Western
Population  4,000 in Thailand.
Region  Ban Khrue, Bangkok; possibly in refugee camps.
Alternate names  Cambodian Cham, Cham, New Cham, Tjam
Language use  Conflicting reports about whether the people in Thailand still speak Cham or have shifted to Central Thai [tha].
Comments  Austro-Asiatic influences. They are thought remnants of Cham who fought in the Thai army about 200 years ago. Muslim.

Viet Nam

Language name   Cham, Western
Population  25,000 in Viet Nam. 4,000 in Saigon.
Region  An Giang, Tay Ninh provinces; Ho Chi Minh City.
Language map  Southern Viet Nam, reference number 98
Alternate names  Cambodian Cham, Cham, Chiem, New Cham, Tjam
Comments  Differs somewhat from Eastern Cham [cjm] of central Viet Nam. Muslim.