Language of the Day for 02 April 2021


Khmer, Northern [kxm]

A language of
Population Full
1,400,000 (2006 Mahidol University), decreasing. Very few monolinguals.
5* (Developing).
Language Use
Vigorous in towns; replaced by Northeastern Thai [tts] and Thai [tha] in cities. A few Chinese shopkeepers speak it. Education, media, religious services, commerce. Positive attitudes. Also use Khmer [khm]. Also use Northeastern Thai [tts]. Also use Thai [tha]. Used as L2 by Kuay [kdt].
Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. 1,000 can read Northern Khmer, 100 can write it. Bible: 2003.