|Native speakers||14,947 (1995)
plus 4,000 Sok & Sapuan (1981)
oyb – Oy
thx – The
skk – Sok (Sork)
spu – Sapuan
Oi (Oy, Oey; also known as The, Thang Ong, Sok) is a Mon–Khmer dialect cluster of Attapeu Province in southern Laos. According to Ethnologue, the dominant variety is Oy proper, with 15,000 speakers who are 80% monolinguals. Speakers follow traditional religions. the 1995 Laotian census places the Oi population at 14,947.
Some locations where Oi is spoken in include (Sidwell 2003:26):
- Ban Sok, 40 km north of Attapeu
- Ban Lagnao, 10 km northwest of Attapeu
- Ban Inthi, 25 km southwest of Attapeu; speakers claim to have migrated from the Boloven Plateau about 80 years ago, around the time of the Kommandam Rebellion.
- Ban Mai, at the southern slope of the Boloven Plateau
- Ban Champao, at the southern slope of the Boloven Plateau
- Sepian forest, as far as the Khampo River
- Sidwell, Paul (2003). A Handbook of comparative Bahnaric, Vol. 1: West Bahnaric. Pacific Linguistics, 551. Canberra: Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University.
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