Kuay

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A language of Thailand

Alternate Names
Cuoi, Khamen-Boran, Kui, Kui Souei, Kuoy, Kuuy, Kuy, Soai, Suai, Suay, Suei, Sui, Suoi
Population

400,000 (2006 Mahidol University). Few monolinguals. Total users in all countries: 452,800.

Location

Surin, Buriram, Sisaket, and Ubon Ratchathani provinces: near Cambodian and Laos borders.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Chang (Suai Chang), Nheu, Kuay.

Language Use

Positive attitudes. Have affection for Kuy and want to keep it. All also use Lao [lao], Northeastern Thai [tts]. Most also use Thai [tha]. Some also use Northern Khmer [kxm], especially older adults.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 50%. Dictionary. NT: 1978–1992.
Writing

Khmer script [Khmr], used in Cambodia. Lao script [Laoo], used in Laos. Thai script [Thai].

Other Comments

Kuy villages often intermingled with those of Northern Khmer [kxm], Lao [lao]. Traditional religion, Buddhist, Christian.

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