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Lao

A language of Laos

ISO 639-3lao

Population  3,000,000 in Laos (1991 UBS). Population total all countries: 3,184,500.
Region  Mekong River Valley, Luang Prabang south to Cambodia border. Lao-Khrang in Nakhonsawan and Nakhon Pathom area. Possibly in Viet Nam. Also in Australia, Cambodia, Canada, France, Thailand, United States.
Language maps  Laos, reference number 31
Laos, reference number 31
Alternate names   Eastern Thai, Lào, Lao Kao, Lao Wiang, Lao-Lum, Lao-Noi, Lao-Tai, Laotian, Laotian Tai, Lum Lao, Phou Lao, Rong Kong, Tai Lao
Dialects  Luang Prabang, Vientiane (Wiang Jan), Savannakhet (Suwannakhet), Pakse, Lao-Kao, Lao-Khrang. Dialect subgroup with Northeastern Tai of Thailand.
Classification  Tai-Kadai, Kam-Tai, Be-Tai, Tai-Sek, Tai, Southwestern, Lao-Phutai
Language use  Official language. 800,000 L2 speakers.
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: 30%–60%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. Bible: 1932.
Writing system  Lao script.
Comments  The Lao Kao migrated to Thailand and are in Nan, Loei, Saraburi, and elsewhere. SOV. Buddhist, traditional religion, Christian.

Also spoken in:

Cambodia

Language name   Lao
Population  17,000 in Cambodia.