Cheng language

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Native to Laos
Native speakers
4,500 (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 jeg
Glottolog jeng1241[2]

Cheng (also known as Jeng, Chieng) is a Mon–Khmer language of southern Laos. Chazée (1999:95) estimates the population at 5,500, while the 1995 Laotian census places the Cheng population at 6,511. Cheng is very closely related to Oi but the speakers consider themselves to be a distinct ethnic group from the Oi (Sidwell 2003).

The Cheng live mostly along the banks of the Sekaman River, in and around Ban Fandeng (Phandɛŋ).


  1. ^ Jeng at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Jeng (Laos)". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 

Further reading[edit]

  • 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.

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