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Chrau

A language of Viet Nam

ISO 639-3crw

Population  22,600 (1999 census), decreasing. Few monolinguals.
Region  Dòng Nai Province. Tamun in Tayninh and Binhlong provinces.
Language map  Southern Viet Nam, reference number 11
Alternate names   Chauro, Choro, Ro, Tamun
Dialects  Jro, Dor (Doro), Prang, Mro, Voqtwaq, Vajieng, Chalah, Chalun, Tamun.
Classification  Austro-Asiatic, Mon-Khmer, Eastern Mon-Khmer, Bahnaric, South Bahnaric, Stieng-Chrau
Language use  Some parents pass on Chrau to children. Informally used in education, oral and written use in religious services, oral literature. Positive attitude. Also use Vietnamese [vie].
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: 30% 5,000 can read Chrau, 500 can write it. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. 5,000 can read Chrau, 500 can write it. Radio programs. Grammar. NT: 1982.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  Chrau means ‘mountain dweller’. Swidden agriculturalists. Traditional religion, Christian.