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A language of Laos

ISO 639-3sss

Population  102,000 in Laos (1993). Population total all countries: 172,000.
Region  Khammouan, Thakhek, Savannakhet provinces, both sides of Mekong River. Also in Thailand.
Language map  Laos, reference number 57
Alternate names   Bru, Kah So, Makong, Mang Cong, Mang-Koong, Mangkong, Mankoong, So Makon, Thro
Dialects  So Trong, So Slouy, So Phong. Similar to Bru [bru].
Classification  Austro-Asiatic, Mon-Khmer, Eastern Mon-Khmer, Katuic, West Katuic, Brou-So
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. Dictionary. Bible portions: 1980.
Writing system  Thai script.
Comments  Called ‘Mangkong’ and ‘Bru’ in Laos. ‘So’ not used in Laos. Traditional religion.

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Thailand

Language name  
Population  70,000 in Thailand (2006 Mahidol).
Region  Northeast, both sides of Mekong River, Nakorn Panom, Sakorn Nakorn, Nong Kai, Kalasin. 53 villages.
Language map  Northern Thailand, reference number 50
Alternate names  Kha So, Thro
Dialects  So Trong, So Slouy, So Phong, So Makon.
Language use  Home. All ages. Also use Lao [lao] or Thai [tha].
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%.
Comments  They came from Laos, and the same dialect is spoken there. Agriculturalists: wet rice. Buddhist, traditional religion, Christian.