A Language in Crisis
By Theary C. SENG
The Phnom Penh Post, Aug. 16, 2011
The Cambodian language is dying: the spoken language is either crude and earthy (to the point of offensiveness) or highly stylized (to the point of incomprehension); the written language is in crisis from carelessness and lack of development, mummified from antiquity, rattled by modernity.
And no one is doing anything about it.
[...] If used at all, the comma is inserted with great reluctance or inconfidence because its function is not widely understood.
Use of COMMAS (,) in many languages, including Khmer:
Mainly, to avoid confusion (for clarity, because that is the goal of communication!), use commas to separate words and word groups with a series of three or more.
Examples of use of commas in established Khmer dictionaries:
|Khmer dictionary by Venerable Chuon Nath, 1967|
1st and 7th (last) page of Introduction by Ven. Chuon Nath. Click here to read the full Introduction to the 1967 Khmer dictionary.
|Use of commas in Law Dictionary, 1997|
|The Catholic University of America Press, Inc. 1977|
|Use of commas by the 1977 dictionary|