Oi language

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Oy
Native to Laos
Ethnicity Oy, Jeng, Sok, Sapuan
Native speakers
24,000 (2015 census)[2]
plus 8,000 Sok, Sapuan and Jeng (1981–2007)[3][4]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Either:
oyb – Oy[1]
spu – Sapuan
Glottolog oyyy1238  Oy[5]
sapu1247  Sapuan–Sok[6]
jeng1241  Jeng[7]

Oi (Oy, Oey; also known as The, Thang Ong, Sok) is a Mon–Khmer dialect cluster of Attapeu Province in southern Laos. The dominant variety is Oy proper, with 11,000 speakers who are 80% monolinguals. The Jeng (Cheng) speak the same language but are ethnically distinct (Sidwell 2003). Speakers follow traditional religions.[2]

Distribution[edit]

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

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mon-Khmer Classification (draft)". Retrieved 24 June 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Oy[1] at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Sapuan at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  3. ^ Sok at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  4. ^ Jeng at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  5. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Oy". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  6. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Sapuan–Sok". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  7. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Jeng". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 

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