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  Khmer language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Khmer (ភាសាខ្មែរ) is one of the main Austroasiatic languages.
Khmer is somewhat unusual among its neighboring languages (Thai, Laotian and Vietnamese) in that it is not a tonal language.
Khmer is primarily an isolating language, but lexical derivation by means of prefixes and infixes is common.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Cambodian_language   (632 words)

The language is attested from the earliest periods by numerous inscriptions, and later by extensive writings on palm leaf, including the Khmer version of the Ramayana, a grand Sanskrit epic of 24,000 verses about Rama, the Hindu incarnation of God.
Khmer is an extremely vowel-rich language with a vowel inventory consisting of twenty-five to twenty-seven short and long vowels, depending on the dialect.
Khmer has a well-developed system of personal pronouns that is sensitive to relative status of the interlocutors, such as their age, perceived status, as well as to levels of intimacy.
www.nvtc.gov /lotw/months/april/khmer.html   (745 words)

 Cambodian View in the World View: the eyes of Khmer Scholars through Buddhism
Khmer, or Cambodian, is spoken by some 7 million people and is the official language of Cambodia where 90 percent of the population--about 6 million people--speaks it as a first or second language.
Khmer is a language that is devoid of inflection in either nouns or verbs; this type of language is sometimes referred to as isolating.
Khmer is the national and official language of Cambodia and is used in the media, taught in the schools at all levels (with some exceptions in higher educational institutions), used in government administration, in the judiciary, and in most social, everyday, contexts.
www.cambodianview.com /khmer-language.html   (1289 words)

 Survival of the Khmer
Surely, placing pupils in classes where their native language was spoken would be most comfortable for the children themselves, but the value of their becoming literate in Khmer, a language spoken by relatively few, was perhaps open to question.
The language is linked to culture not only in the way any native language is part of the culture to which it belongs, but it is only through the Khmer language that relationships within the Khmer social order could be authentically expressed.
The Khmer are accustomed to turning their children over to trusted teachers and monks to be educated, and to be educated means, in the words of the High Monk, to learn "what it is to be Khmer" as much as it means to be literate.
www.salemstate.edu /sextant/v5n2/Rintell.html   (4137 words)

 Tom's learning Khmer - Cambodian (Khmer) language
Khmer is a member of the Mon-Khmer group of Austroasiatic languages and is the official language of Cambodia.
Unlike the languages of its bordering countries, Khmer is not a tonal language, which means that there are no special intonations of words in order to alter their meanings.
Khmer for Travellers - A concise and convenient introduction to the Khmer language with useful words and phrases that might come in handy when travelling in Cambodia.
www.geocities.com /tomslearningkhmer   (621 words)

 Read about Khmer language at WorldVillage Encyclopedia. Research Khmer language and learn about Khmer language here!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Khmer is somewhat unusual among its neighboring languages (Thai, Laotian and
The most common word structure in Khmer is a full syllable as described above, preceded by an unstressed, “minor” syllable that has the structure CV-, CɽV-, CVN- or CɽVN- (C stands for a consonant, V for a vowel, N for m, n, ɲ or ŋ).
Khmer numerals, are used more widely than Arabic numerals.
encyclopedia.worldvillage.com /s/b/Khmer_language   (559 words)

 I would like to start out by introducing my background and what inspired me to choose Khmer as a language to do ...
In the language of Old Khmer, kmer means ‘slave’ and was adopted as an ethnonym by the Thai and Vietnamese conquerors.
Pali language is one of the Prakrits, or Aryan vernaculars of ancient India.
Khmer, unlike the neighboring languages of Thai and Lao, is spoken with a monotone.
linguistics.byu.edu /classes/ling450ch/reports/khmer.html   (2590 words)

 Khmer language --  Encyclopædia Britannica
Mon-Khmer language spoken by most of the population of Cambodia, where it is the official language, and by some 1.3 million people in southeastern Thailand, and also by more than a million people in southern Vietnam.
The Khmer are primarily an agricultural people who are concentrated in the central lowland and along the coast.
Thailand's official language is the dialect of the Thai language spoken...
www.britannica.com /eb/article-9045321?tocId=9045321&query=khmer&ct=null   (746 words)

 The Khmer (Cambodian) language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Khmer is the national language of Cambodia, and has a written tradition going back at least 1400 years, and as such has a special, if problematic, place in comparative AA linguistics.
Angkorian or Old Khmer: this is the language of the Angkorian inscriptions from the 9th to about the 13th centuries, there are good sources available such as Pou (1982).
Significantly the beginning of the Old Khmer period seems to correspond to a phase of standardisation in writing, indicating a well organised and educated social caste, consistent with the high standards of Indian grammarian traditions (even references to Panini are found).
www.anu.edu.au /~u9907217/languages/AAlecture2.html   (1892 words)

 talesofasia.com :: View topic - Preserving culture through lettering   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Anyway, Khmer is identified as having 12,110,065 native speakers in Cambodia and 13,276,630 worldwide, which given those figures, it's probably quite a safe bet that the Khmer language is not in danger of extinction.
Language tends to evolve from the grass roots level so if the the Khmer Language (or any other) does not work for the population then it is likely that the language could be lost eventually in favour of English.
Since the spoken and written language is the main carrier of interaction, culture, tradition, religion eg., my prediction is that the Khmer language will never dimish as long as the Khmer stay the majority in their own country and don't come under threat like the Tibetans.
www.talesofasia.com /forum/viewtopic.php?t=2650   (2522 words)

 Learn Khmer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Traditionally, Khmer language is taugh by having students memorize the alphabets.
Khmer language is used in the southeast Asia region--mainly around the country know to westerner as Cambodia or Kambuchea.
Modern khmer language is composed of twenty-three (23) vowels, fourteen (14) independent vowels, thirty-three (33) consonants, ten (10) base number, and a handfull of diactrits.
gokhmer.net /LearnKhmer   (359 words)

 DAC - Cambodian Sign Language
In November 1997, the Khmer Sign Language Group was established, the Deaf Development Programme and Krousar Thmey working in collaboration on researching Khmer Sign Language and disseminating the information to the Krousar Thmey school and throughout the deaf community.
Once the Khmer Sign Language Committee has approved the signs, it is the responsibility of the Illustrator to draw the signs that have been approved.
Other questions about signing and sign language had come up in the discussions, so it was decided to have a one-day workshop to look at the ideas suggested by the experts who had been consulted and to discuss the issues involved with the use of sign language in education.
www.dac.org.kh /highlighted-activities/kslc.htm   (1944 words)

 Khmer Software Initiative | ... makes Khmer Unicode run
This assistance is valid either for commercial courses in which students are charged by the institution, or in free courses in which the institutions run with the costs.
Khmer Unicode keyboards that conform to the Government's standard keyboard layout (NiDA standard) are already available, hot out of the press...
The Khmer Software Initiative is being coordinated by the Open Forum of Cambodia and is being carried in partnership with National Information Communications Technology Development Authority (NiDA), as part of the necessary work for the accomplisment of the Master Plan for the Implementation of Open Source Software in Cambodia.
www.khmeros.info   (458 words)

 Khmer Inscription Khmer Language - Cambodia
An oldest stone inscription written in Khmer language were found to be carved in 612 A.D. as its text said.
Sanskrit is the sacred language of India and was maintained in the original form by the Khmers so that its value to their gods would not be deviated by any form of translation.
Generally, the Khmer inscription had its own distinction and the content was mostly a listing of assets, covering from paddy fields, cattle, objects and furniture, as well as the names of slaves which were owned by the temples.
www.cambodia-travel.com /khmer/inscription.htm   (568 words)

 ipedia.com: Khmer language Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Khmer Spoken in: Cambodia, Vietnam Total speakers: 7 million native + 1 million learners Ranking : 102 Genetic classification : Austroasiatic Mon-Khmer Eastern Mon-Khmer Khmer Official status Official...
Some of these influences, such as Sanskrit and Pali, come from the influence of Buddhism and Hinduism on Khmer culture; the latter two are the result of linguistic contact and geographic proximity.
Dialects are sometimes quite marked; notable variations are found in speakers from Phnom Penh (the capital city) and Battambong.
www.ipedia.com /khmer_language.html   (465 words)

 Khmer Institute
To say that "yuon" means "savages", critics of the term are likely reliant on the Khmer Rouge's definition from KR Black Book (1978) p.9, a definition that is incorrect and baseless and was included by the KR for the purpose of propaganda.
The term "yuon" is an ancient/traditional word in the Khmer language and a legitimate part of Khmer linguistic heritage.
Sam Rainsy should be given the freedom to speak the language of our forefathers without being subject to defamatory accusations that fly in the face of all his many noble efforts.
www.khmerinstitute.org /musings/mu4.html   (1051 words)

 Search Results for Khmer - Encyclopædia Britannica
Mon-Khmer language spoken by most of the population of Cambodia, where it is the official language, and by some 1.3 million people in southeastern Thailand, and also by more than a million people in...
Covering a land area of 70,238 square miles (181,916 square kilometres), it is bordered on the west and northwest by...
In the 11th century Dvaravati was captured by the Khmer of Cambodia and became a province of their empire.
www.britannica.com /search?query=Khmer&submit=Find&source=MWTEXT   (536 words)

 AsianWeek: Main Feature: Language Barriers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
At Srey’s Cambodian Association of American, where Khmer language classes are held, 70 students are now enrolled, compared to 50 in 1997 and just 18 students 10 years ago.
When CSULB started its Khmer language program, the university and social service agencies felt that the presence of such a program would help train students for community service.
Khmer speakers are needed to assist older generation and recent immigrants, who are non-English speaking and remain in dire need of outreach.
www.asianweek.com /2000_06_01/feature_khmer_longbeach.html   (2256 words)

 Amazon.com: Colloquial Cambodian: A Complete Language Course (Colloquial Series): Books: David Smyth   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Those with several languages behind them realize that for most people it takes two thousand hours or so of study to develop a working foundation in most languages.
Khmer may seem intimidating in the initial stages, but it really is an achievable goal for those who have a deep interest in the country and its people.
This Khmer course is the only one I know of currently available which comes with audio tapes.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0415100089?v=glance   (1283 words)

 Khmer/Cambodian alphabet, pronunciation and language
The Khmer alphabet is descended from the Brahmi script of ancient India by way of the Pallava script, which was used in southern India and South East Asia during the 5th and 6th Centuries AD.
In a Khmer text there are no spaces between words, instead spaces indicate the end of a clause or sentence.
Khmer shares many features and much vocabulary with Thai as a result of centuries of two-way borrowing.
www.omniglot.com /writing/khmer.htm   (317 words)

 Khmer Tech.
Sak-Humphry was born in Phnom-Penh, Cambodia in 1973 she left her country to pursue an education in France and later in the US at Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington.
This presentation is a showcase and an update on my Khmer project "Communicating in Khmer: an Interactive Intermediate Level Khmer Course with CD-ROM." This two-year project involves developing a basic second-year level course for teaching the Khmer (Cambodian) language through the use of an interactive CD-ROM.
The development of this project reflects both changes in language teaching methodology and the evolution of the language spoken in Cambodia over the last 30 years.
equity4.clmer.csulb.edu /netshare/kclam/Apa/APA5/NAF2000/Techkhmr.htm   (366 words)

 FAQ and Resources on Khmer in Unicode   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
KHMER LETTER LA U+17A1 is a fairly recent Khmer invention so is absent in the Pali series (but has recently been found in a subscript form in Northern Thai use of the Khmer script).
A presentation of Khmer Unicode in a Graphite engine was done at the 21st International Unicode Conference in Dublin, Ireland: http://www.unicode.org/iuc/iuc21/a329.html However, work needs to done on an interface with Microsoft SQL Server and other applications.
A Khmer Unicode keyboard layout for Windows may be created using Keyman 6.0 (available in the Developer version from Marc Durdin of Travultesoft; however once a keyboard is created a run-time version is available for free for non-commercial or non-governmental use).
www.bauhahnm.clara.net /Khmer/Welcome.html   (5540 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
This immersion program focuses on advanced-level language acquisition and consists of a structured academic program of four hours of task-based language instruction every morning and to two to three hours of field trip activities in the afternoons and weekends as a group or as individual work.
List all training you have had in Khmer, giving the name of the institution (college or university, Peace Corps, etc.), the type of instruction you received (academic course, private tutoring, etc.), the length of your training (3 semesters, 2 years, etc.), and the skills emphasized (speaking, reading, etc.).
The Advanced Khmer Abroad program cooperates with the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute, and applicants are advised to apply to both programs to ensure that they are accepted by the one that is more appropriate for them.
www.hawaii.edu /cseas/academic/khmer_2005.html   (1934 words)

 The Unreached Peoples Prayer Profiles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The Central Khmer inhabit the western and central portions of Cambodia, and make up 90% of the country’s total population.
Today, 94% of the Central Khmer are Buddhist, although relics of ethnic religions such as ancestor worship (praying to deceased ancestors) and spirit worship are very important to them.
The Northern Khmer of Thailand; The Cambodian of Laos;
www.ksafe.com /profiles/p_code2/196.html   (798 words)

 The Unreached Peoples Prayer Profiles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
While the majority of the Khmer live in Cambodia, approximately 1 million Northern Khmer live across the border in Southeast Thailand.
The Northern Khmer of Thailand inhabit the shrub forests and plains that lie north of the Cambodian border.
The Central Khmer of Thailand; The Central Khmer of Cambodia; The Cambodian of Laos; and
www.ksafe.com /profiles/p_code2/1884.html   (797 words)

 Khmer Translation - Translate Khmer Language Translator
LeoSam Translations's Khmer translation teams are professional linguists performing translation from English to Khmer and Khmer to English for a variety of documents in various industries including:
Khmer is one of the main Austroasiatic languages, and has had considerable influence from Sanskrit,and Pali.
The actual vowel sound represented is therefore indicated by the combination of the vowel symbol plus the inherent vowel of its associated consonant.
www.translation-services-usa.com /languages/khmer.shtml   (478 words)

 Welcome to Khmer Language at University of Hawai'i, Manoa campus
Khmer is a non-tonal but has vowel distinctions not found in English; its grammar is uncomplicated, with neither verb conjugations nor noun declensions, and is not unlike that of English.
Introductory and intermediate coursework in Khmer may be used to fulfill the foreign language requirement for all bachelor's degrees on the Manoa campus.
Upon completing 15 credit-hours beyond the intermediate level with a 3.0 GPA in his/her coursework, the student may apply for a Certificate in Khmer.
khmer.hawaii.edu   (274 words)

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