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A language of Laos

Alternate Names
Bru, Makong, Mang Cong, Mang-Koong, Mangkong, Mankoong, So Makon, Sô, Thro, “Kha So” (pej.)
Population

163,000 (2015 census). Total users in all countries: 233,000.

Location

Bolikhamxai, Khammouan, Savannahkhet provinces.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

So Trong, So Slouy, So Phong. Reportedly similar to Bru [bru].

Language Use

All ages. Also use Lao [lao].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1980–2004.
Writing

Lao script [Laoo], used in Laos. Thai script [Thai], used in Thailand.

Other Comments

Traditional religion.

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