Oi language

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Native to Laos
Native speakers
18,000 Oi, The, & Cheng  (2000–2007)[2]
plus 4,000 Sok & Sapuan (1981)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
oyb – Oy[1]
thx – The
skk – Sok (Sork)
spu – Sapuan
jeg – Cheng

Oi (Oy, Oey; also known as The, Thang Ong, Sok) is a Mon–Khmer dialect cluster of Attapeu Province in southern Laos. According to Ethnologue, the dominant variety is Oy proper, with 15,000 speakers who are 80% monolinguals. Speakers follow traditional religions. the 1995 Laotian census places the Oi population at 14,947.


Some locations where Oi is spoken in include (Sidwell 2003:26):

  • Ban Sok, 40 km north of Attapeu
  • Ban Lagnao, 10 km northwest of Attapeu
  • Ban Inthi, 25 km southwest of Attapeu; speakers claim to have migrated from the Boloven Plateau about 80 years ago, around the time of the Kommandam Rebellion.
  • Ban Mai, at the southern slope of the Boloven Plateau
  • Ban Champao, at the southern slope of the Boloven Plateau
  • Sepian forest, as far as the Khampo River


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Oy[1] at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    The at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Sok (Sork) at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Sapuan at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Cheng at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  • Sidwell, Paul (2003). A Handbook of comparative Bahnaric, Vol. 1: West Bahnaric. Pacific Linguistics, 551. Canberra: Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University.