Native toCambodia
RegionPreah Vihea (formerly part of Kampong Thom)
Native speakers
1,670 (2011)[1]
Khmer script
Language codes
ISO 639-3pcb

Pear is an endangered Austroasiatic language of Cambodia. "Pear" (French Péâr) is a pejorative term for the historical slave caste of the Khmer, but nonetheless is the usual term in the literature. Pear is spoken in 3–4 villages of Rovieng District, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia according to Ethnologue.[2]

Sidwell (2009), citing Baradat (ms), considers Pear of Kompong Thom to be the most divergent Pearic language.[3]


  1. ^ Pear at Ethnologue (25th ed., 2022) Closed access icon
  2. ^ "Pear". UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in danger. Retrieved 2018-01-26.
  3. ^ Sidwell, Paul (2009). "Classifying the Austroasiatic languages: history and state of the art". LINCOM studies in Asian linguistics, 76. Munich: Lincom Europa.