Research Institute For Languages And Cultures Of
Asia, Mahidol University, Thailand
The Phnom Penh Third Person
People who live in Phnom Penh,
the capital city of Cambodia,
may or may not speak Phnom Penh Khmer which is one of the varieties of Khmer
spoken in Phnom Penh.
However, the dialects used by Phnom
Penh residents share some features with other Khmer
varieties; for example, they use /kee/ as a third person pronoun. However, the
/kee/, used in the daily speech of Phnom
Penh dwellers, apart from its use as the third person
pronoun, also functions as a question marker. As a question marker, /kee/ plays
a role in helping identify people who are Phnom
Penh dwellers from those who are non-Phnom Penh
dwellers. The /kee/, as a question marker, has not yet been reported on in any
document although it is a common feature of language found in Phnom Penh city. This paper gives an overview
of the use of /kee/ among people living in Phnom Penh.
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