Michelle Miller, Tim Miller
study of language use and literacy practices to inform local language
literature development among Khmu in
Khmu is a Mon-Khmer language spoken in
During this sociolinguistic study, particular attention was given to gaining an understanding of the attitudes of Khmu community members toward development of a Thai script-based orthography, their perceptions of and reflections on changing social patterns that influence language use and maintenance of their cultural identity, and how local language literature could benefit community members. Data regarding adult Thai language literacy skills and practices were also gathered. And, as part of an effort to develop a well-rounded understanding of language use in the Khmu community context, teachers in government schools serving Khmu children were also interviewed regarding their perceptions of Khmu children’s language use patterns, the influence language may have on educational outcomes, and how local language literature could be used in the school setting to benefit Khmu children.
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