"The Arem people are located in Vietnam’s Quảng Bình province, Bố-trạch district, Tân-trạch commune, Cà Ròong hamlet. Around 1960, there were 53 people, 30 men and 23 women (Vương Hoàng Tuyên 1963: 69). Forty years later, there were 102 people (Trần Trí Dõi 1999: 110). In the past, Arem lived in rock shelters or makeshift huts. They exchanged products from hunting and gathering with the neighboring populations, Vietnamese, Bru khùa or Lao. The need to find marital partners outside the group has the consequence that only a minority of Arem, about a quarter, regularly speak their language. The Arem language is in great danger of extinction.
The term Arem (Vietnamese spelling of areːm) seems to be an exonym. Those concerned prefer to be named cmbrau [cmrawˀ]."
(excerpted from: Ferlus, Michel. 2014. Arem, a Vietic language. Mon-Khmer Studies 43. 1–15.)
The archived documents: vocabulary
The recordings made available here contain lexical data. They are based on Michel Ferlus's vocabulary list.
About the transcription
The transcription is IPA-based. See Ferlus (2014) for a presentation of the system.
The EFEO-CNRS-SOAS Word List for Linguistic Fieldwork in Southeast Asia, used to elicit the vocabulary, is available here.
About the Arem language, see Ferlus (2014) and references therein:
Ferlus, Michel. 2014. Arem, a Vietic language. Mon-Khmer Studies 43. 1–15.
Classification of the Vietic languages (a.k.a. Viet-Muong, Việt-Chứt) after Ferlus 1996, with links to the corresponding pages in the Pangloss Collection:
|1. Maleng||2. Arem (this page)||3. Chứt||4. Aheu||5. Hung||6. Thổ||7. Mường||8. Vietnamese|
These materials were digitized by the International Research Institute MICA (HUST – CNRS/UMI-2954 – Grenoble INP) in partnership with CNRS-LACITO, as part of the DO-RE-MI-FA project (Sept. 2014-Feb. 2016), funded by the Digital Scientific Library, a programme of the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research.
Last updated 2016.