Jarai language

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Jarai
Djarai, Jarai, Jorai, Jörai, Jơrai
Spoken in Vietnam, Cambodia, United States (esp. North Carolina)
Total speakers more than 300 thousand [1]
Language family Chamic
Language codes
ISO 639-1 none
ISO 639-2 none
ISO 639-3 jra
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Jarai, a minority language of Southeast Asia, is the mother tongue of over 300,000 people, most of them living in the highlands of Vietnam and Cambodia. Jarai is a member of the Chamic language family, from the Malayo-Polynesian branch of Austronesian. The name Jarai designates both the Jarai ethnic group and the language.

Jarai is written with a Roman alphabet resembling that used for Vietnamese. However, unlike Vietnamese, Jarai is not a tone language, so very few diacritics are needed.