Mon language

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ဘာသာ မန်
Pronunciationpʰesa mɑn
Native toMyanmar


RegionLower Myanmar
Native speakers
800,000 - 1 million (2007)[1]
Mon-Burmese script
Official status
Recognised minority
language in
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
mnw – Modern Mon
omx – Old Mon
omx Old Mon
Glottologmonn1252  Modern Mon
oldm1242  Old Mon

The Mon language is one of oldest language in Mainland Southeast Asia, and is part of an Austroasiatic language families.[2] The language is non tonal unlike most of Southeast Asia language[3]:2

Writing[change | change source]

The Mon script was originally adapted from the Pallava script.[3] Oldest Mon script was found in Central Thailand, the inscriptions dated back around the 6th century, which mon people used to live here, the era called Dvaravati.[4]The Mon script also has been adopted by the Burmese.[5]The Mon alphabet contains 35 consonants[6]:37

Grammar[change | change source]

Mon sentence is Subject–Verb–Object.[6]:13

References[change | change source]

  1. Modern Mon at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Old Mon at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. "The Mon language: Recipient and donor between Burmese and Thai". Retrieved March 27, 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "A Short Introduction to the Mon Language" (PDF). Retrieved March 27, 2021.
  4. "Contact and convergence: The Mon language in Burma and Thailand" (PDF). Retrieved March 27, 2021.[permanent dead link]
  5. Wijeyewardene, Gehan (1990). Ethnic Groups Across National Boundaries in Mainland Southeast Asia. ISBN 9789813035577. Retrieved March 27, 2021.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "The verb system of Mon" (PDF). March 27, 2021.

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