Alternative name(s): Cambodian
Language family: Austro-Asian
Language Group: Mon-Khmer
Geographical use: Cambodia and South Vietnam
Information: The oldest inscriptions date
back to the 6th and 7th centuries.
Khmer has borrowed many words for the Indic languages Sanskrit and Pali. Khmer has a very difficult pronunciation and is written in an alphabet derived from Indic and adapted to the pronunciation. In 1910 a system was developed which enabled Khmer to be written in the Roman alphabet.