Abstract: Kmhmu' is a language of the Mon-Khmer language family. Extensive linguistic research and analysis of the varieties of Kmhmu' spoken in Southeast Asia has led to grouping of Kmhmu' into three major dialect categories, generally referred to as Northern, Western and Southern (Svantesson 1989). The orthography described in this paper was developed for the Southern dialect and utilizes a Lao-based script. Suksavang and Preisig (Suksavang et al 1994) were instrumental in refining this orthography. This description of the Southern Kmhmu' orthography explains how the Lao script is used and/or adapted to represent the Kmhmu' phonemes, presents orthographic conventions for writing words of various structural types and presents a review of teaching/learning experiences observed in mother-tongue Kmhmu' speakers.
Abstract: This paper provides an overview of Lacid phonology. It begins by examining four previous studies, followed by the author's own phonological analysis of the Lacid language. The author's analysis includes syllable and word structure, Lacid consonants and consonantal processes, Lacid vowels and vowel processes, morphophonemics, tone and voice quality analyses. The papers concludes with a comparison of the previous studies with the author's analysis and suggestions for further study.
Abstract: Khmu is a Mon-Khmer language spoken in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and China. There has been extensive linguistic research conducted among Khmu communities, and there have been experimental efforts to apply this research toward the development of an orthography using the Thai script to serve the Khmu of Thailand, but currently there is not an orthography that has been accepted by Khmu communities and used for the development of local language literature. This research was conducted to gather salient sociolinguistic, education, literacy, and inter-dialect intelligibility data that will inform the process and products of a community-based language development program that may include orthography development, design and use of local language literacy instruction materials and ultimately the production of local language literature and non-print media resources that will be relevant to community needs and desires. This research was conducted among Khmu communities of Chon Daen sub-district, Nan province, Thailand, during 2008.
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