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Writing System : Khmer (Cambodian)

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on 20 November 2013

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Writing System : Khmer (Cambodian)
Historical Stages of Khmer:
Pre / Proto Khmer: Before 600 AD
Pre Angkorian / Old Khmer: 600-800 AD
Angkorian Old Khmer: 800-mid1300s
Middle Khmer: mid1300s-1700
Modern Khmer: 1800-present
What is Khmer?
Khmer is the written script that is used mostly in Cambodia.
Origin of Khmer / How it spread
Khmer descended from the Brahmi script from ancient India, by way of the Pallava script which was used in Southeast Asia in the 5th and 6th century.
Chuon Nath
In 1887, Cambodia was integrated into French-Indochina.
Type / Stage of Development
Stage of Development
: Khmer is a phonetic system
History of Khmer
The first Khmer inscriptions were found in Angkor Barei in Takev Province, Cambodia.
It is a member of the Mon-Khmer language group which is spoken
in Vietnam, Laos and Thailand.
They date back to 611 AD.
The Thai and Lao alphabets developed from Khmer.
Chuon Nath resisted the French trying to put
modern ideals into French. Instead he effectively preserved Khmer.
the "father of modern Khmer."
: Khmer is a syllabic alphabet
My name (roughly) written in Khmer
Fun Facts!
Khmer is not a standardized writing system.
There are no spaces between words, spaces indicate ends of clauses and sentences.
"Khmer Alphabet ." Khmer/Cambodian Alphabet, Pronunciation and Language. Omniglot, n.d. Web. 17 Nov. 2013.
"Khmer Language." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 18 Nov. 2013. Web. 18 Nov. 2013.
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