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Khmer, Central

A language of Cambodia

ISO 639-3khm

Population  12,300,000 in Cambodia (2006). Population total all countries: 13,603,400.
Region  Widespread. Also in Canada, China, France, Laos, United States, Viet Nam.
Language map  Cambodia
Alternate names   Cambodian, Khmer
Dialects  Distinct from Northern Khmer [kxm] of Thailand.
Classification  Austro-Asiatic, Mon-Khmer, Eastern Mon-Khmer, Khmer
Language use  Official language. 1,000,000 L2 speakers.
Language development  35% of the population over 15 cannot read or write Khmer. Radio programs. Grammar. Bible: 1954–1998.
Writing system  Khmer script.
Comments  SVO.

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Viet Nam

Language name   Khmer, Central
Population  1,060,000 in Viet Nam (1999 census).
Region  Hau Giang, Tra Vinh, Vinh Long, Kien Giang, An Giang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Binh Phuoc, Tay Ninh provinces; Ho Chi Minh City.
Language map  Southern Viet Nam, reference number 9
Alternate names  Cambodian, Cu Tho, Cur Cul, Kho Me, Khome, Krom, Viet Go Mien
Dialects  Central Khmer, Southern Khmer.
Comments  Buddhist, Christian.