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Bru language

Native to Laos, Vietnam, Thailand
Ethnicity Bru, Katang
Native speakers
300,000  (1991–2006)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
bru – Eastern Bru
brv – Western Bru
sss – Sô
xhv – Khua
Glottolog brou1236[2]

Bruu (also spelled Bru, B'ru, Baru, Brou) is a Mon–Khmer dialect continuum spoken by the Bru people of mainland Southeast Asia. and Khua are dialects.[3]


The distribution of the Bru language spreads north and northeast from Salavan, Laos, through Savannakhet, Khammouane, and Bolikhamsai, and over into neighboring Thailand and Vietnam (Sidwell 2005:11).


There are various local and dialect designations for Bru (Sidwell 2005:11).

  • So ~
  • Tri (So Tri, Chali)
  • Van Kieu
  • Leu ~ Leung (Kaleu)
  • Galler
  • Khua
  • Katang (not the same as Kataang)

External links

  • UCLA phonetics lab data


  1. ^ Eastern Bru at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Western Bru at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Sô at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Khua at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Brou–So". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ [1]
  • Sidwell, Paul. (2005). The Katuic languages: classification, reconstruction and comparative lexicon. LINCOM studies in Asian linguistics, 58. Muenchen: Lincom Europa. ISBN 3-89586-802-7

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