Native toLaos
Native speakers
30,000 (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
lbo – Jru’ (Laven) (Yrou)
sqq – Sou (Su’)

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).

Further reading


  1. ^ Jru’ (Laven) (Yrou) at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
    Sou (Su’) at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)