Khmer, Central

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A language of Cambodia

Alternate Names
Cambodian, Khmer
Population

12,900,000 in Cambodia (2008 census). Population total all countries: 14,224,500.

Location

Widespread. Also in Canada, China, France, Laos, United States, Viet Nam.

Language Status

1 (National). Statutory national language (1993, Constitution, Article 5).

Dialects

Battambang Khmer, Cardamom Khmer, Khmer Kandal (Central), Khmer Keh (Stung Treng), Khmer Krom (Southern). Distinct from Northern Khmer [kxm] of Thailand.

Typology

SVO

Language Use

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
Khmer script.

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