Nyahkur

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A language of Thailand

Alternate Names
Chao Dong, “Chaobon” (pej.), “Chaobun” (pej.), Chaodon, “Chaubun” (pej.), Lawa, Niakuol, Niakuoll, Nyah Kur, Nyakur
Population

1,500 (2006 C. Shimmin), decreasing. No monolinguals. Ethnic population: 3,000 (Thongkum 1984).

Location

Bueng Kan, Chaiyaphum, Kalasin, Nakhon Ratchasima, Phetchabun, Phitsanulok, and Sakon Nakhon provinces; Possibly in Khorat province.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

Chaiyaphum users say they understand Petchabun only with difficulty, if at all. At least 91% lexical similarity among all dialects (Diffloth 1984).

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

Few children can speak Nyah Kur. Nearly extinct in Petchabun and Nakhon Ratchasima provinces (2007 SIL). Home. Mainly older adults. Mixed attitudes. All also use Thai [tha]. Also use Lao [lao].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 75%. Most men and the younger generation are literate in Thai. Literacy in Thai transfers easily to Nyah Kur. Dictionary. Bible portions: 1996.
Writing

Thai script [Thai].

Other Comments

Buddhist, Christian, traditional religion.

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