Khmu

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A language of Laos

Alternate Names
Kamhmu, Kammu, Kamu, Khamu, Khamuk, Khmu’, Khomu, Kmhmu, Lao Terng, Mou, Pouteng, Pu Thenh, Tenh, Theng
Population

614,000 in Laos (2005 census). Population total all countries: 704,000.

Location

Scattered in the north. Also in China, France, Thailand, United States, Viet Nam.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Hat, Khroong (Krong), Luang Prabang, Lyy, Rok, Sayabury, U, Yuan. There are two subgroups of Khmu in China (Damaile and Damailao), which may differ in dialect.

Typology

SVO

Language Development
Radio programs. Dictionary. Bible portions: 1918.
Writing
Duota script, used in a small collection of villages well away from the rest of the language group, also used in China. Lao script. Latin script.
Other Comments

Traditional religion.

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