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Kuy, also known as Kui, Soui or Kuay,( Thai: ภาษากุย; Khmer: ភាសាកួយ), is a Katuic language, part of the larger Austroasiatic family spoken by the Kuy people of Southeast Asia.
Kuy is one of the more important
languages of the Mon–Khmer family. It is spoken in northeastern Thailand by about 300,000 people; in Salavan, Savannakhet and Xekong provinces of Laos by about 64,000; and in Preah Vihear, Stung Treng and Kampong Thom provinces of northern Cambodia by 15,500 people.
Spelling variants and varieties include the following (Sidwell 2005:11).
Souei. The term "Souei" is also applied to other groups, such as a
Pearic community in Cambodia. Suai. The Kui are known among the
Lao and Isan people as the /sùai/, which is an annual tribute or tax (such as forest products) that the Kui had to send to Bangkok every year. Soai
Kouy. A textbook in French is published for this variant (
Dialects [ edit ]
Van der haak & Woykos (1987-1988) identified two major Kui varieties in Surin and Sisaket provinces of eastern Thailand,
Kuuy and Kuay. Van der haak & Woykos also identified the following divergent Kui varieties in Sisaket Province, Thailand. [2 ]
Mann & Markowski (2005) reported the following four Kuy dialects spoken in north-central Cambodia.
Ntra: includes the subdialects of Auk and Wa
Mla: 567 speakers in the single village of Krala Peas, Choam Ksan District, Preah Vihear Province "
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
Mann, N., & Markowski, L. (2004).
A rapid appraisal survey of Kuy dialects spoken in Cambodia. Chiang Mai: Dept. of Linguistics, Graduate School, Payap University. Mann, N., & Markowski, L. (2005).
. SIL International. A rapid appraisal survey of Kuy dialects spoken in Cambodia
Sidwell, Paul. (2005). The Katuic languages: classification, reconstruction and comparative lexicon. LINCOM studies in Asian linguistics, 58. Muenchen: Lincom Europa. ISBN 3-89586-802-7