Wikipedia 10K Redux by Reagle from Starling archive. Bugs abound!!!

<-- Previous | Newer --> | Current: 981771840 at Sat, 10 Feb 2001 02:24:00 +0000.


Cambodian is somewhat unusual among its neighboring countries' languages of ThaiLanguage, LaotianLanguage and VietnameseLanguage in that it's not a TonalLanguage.

Cambodian descends from Sanskrit and Pali, and has much in 
common with Thai and Laotian.

Accents are sometimes quite marked; notable accents are found
in speakers from Phhom Penh (the capital city) and Battambong.

(This analysis comes from my observation as a conversant speaker of Cambodian without any background in linguistics).

A notable characteristic of the Phnom Penh accent is a tendency
toward slang and laziness in pronunciation, much like American urban slang.  For instance, "Phnom Penh" will sometimes be shortened to "m'Penh".  Another characteristic of the Phnom Penh accent is observed in words with an "r" subconsonant in the first syllable (that is, where r is the second consonant, as in the Enlish word "bread").  The r is not pronounced, the first consonant is pronounced harder than usual, and the syllable is spoken with a dipping tone much like the "hoi" tone in the VietnameseLanguage.  For example, I have heard the word "dre" (meaning "fish") pronounced "te"; the "d" becomes a "t", and the vowel (long A) begins low and rises in tone.

Cambodian written language is alphabetic like English (and unlike
Chinese).  Its alphabet consists is written in two separate parts; consonants and vowels.  Only pronunciation is given here, because I can't find a good way to display the characters, but the pronunciation is listed in the traditional form.


gaw kaw  go ko  ngo
jaw chaw jo cho nyo
daw taw  do to  naw
Daw taw  Do to  no
yo  ro   lo vo  saw
haw law  aw


aa/Ea Ay/EE A/E ew/ew eww/eww
bleh... more some other time.