Laven language

Not to be confused with Lave language.
Native to Laos
Native speakers
30,000 (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Either:
lbo  Jru’ (Laven)
sqq  Sou (Su’)
Glottolog love1237[2]

Laven is a Mon–Khmer dialect cluster of southern Laos. Laven is the exonym given by the Laotian government, while the autonym of many of those speakers is Jru' [ɟruʔ]. Varieties are:

Laven varieties are described in detail by Therapan L-Thongkum and Paul Sidwell (2003).


  1. Jru’ (Laven) at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Sou (Su’) at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Loven–Suq". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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