A language of Viet Nam

Alternate Names
De, E-De, Edeh, Raday, Rde, Rhade

177,000 in Viet Nam (Bradley 2007). Ethnic population: 331,000 (2009 census).


Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Gia Lai, Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa provinces, Banmethuot area.

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Language Status

5 (Developing). Language of recognized ethnic group: E De.


Adham (A-Dham), Bih, Blo, Kodrao (Kdrao), Krung 1, Ndhur (Mdhur), Rde Kpa (Kpa). Bih (L1 pop. 1,000) may be a separate language. Krung 1 dialect is different from the Bahnaric language Kru’ng 2 [krr], in Cambodia. Other dialect or ethnic group names are: Ktul, Dlie, Rue, E-pan, Dong Kay, Arul, Kah.

Language Use

Also use Vietnamese [vie].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 10%–30%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. Radio programs. Dictionary. NT: 1964.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Ê Dê is an official ethnic community. Christian, traditional religion.