A Description of Kmhmu’ Lao Script-Based Orthography

Date:
2013
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 the grouping of Kmhmu’ into three 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 summarizes teaching/learning experiences observed in mother-tongue Kmhmu’ speakers.
Extent:
pages 12-25
Table of Contents:
1. Introduction 12-13; 2. Kmhmu' orthography 13-17; 3. Orthography conventions 18-22; 4. The Kmhmu' orthography in use 23-24; 5. Summary and outlook 24-25.
Subject:
Austroasiatic
grapheme
Orthography
phoneme
sesquisyllables
Country:
China
Laos
Vietnam
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