Western Khmer dialect

Western Khmer
Cardamom Khmer
Chanthaburi Khmer
Native to Thailand, Cambodia
Region Cardamom Mountains
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Glottolog None

Western Khmer, also known as Chanthaburi Khmer, is the dialect of the Khmer language spoken by the Khmer people native to the Cardamom Mountains on both sides of the border between western Cambodia and eastern Central Thailand (Chanthaburi Province). Developing in an historically isolated region, Western Khmer is the only dialect of modern Khmer to conserve the Middle Khmer phonation contrast of breathy voice versus modal voice that has been all but lost in the other dialects.[1][2]


  1. Wayland & Jongman. Chanthaburi Vowels: Phonetic and Phonemic Analyses Mon-Khmer Studies 31:65-82
  2. Acoustic correlates of breathy and clear vowels: the case of Khmer. Journal of Phonetics 31 (2003). pp 181-201

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