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You're already appropriating

punctuation marks;

now use them properly



About 5-6 years ago, I started posting pages from some Khmer dictionaries where commas were used (even if very sparsely, sporadically), in particular the 7-page letter of the Venerable Chuon Nath to his 1967 dictionary, in my advocacy for the use of commas in Khmer.

Prior to this, without the aid of an iPhone, my exchanges with EDUCATED Cambodians on the topic had been one of high emotions couched in identity / Khmer-ness language, masking as reasons -- a non-starter to any rational conversation of substance on this topic of PROPER, CONSISTENT usage of punctuation marks.

Not to mention deep frustration.

So, earlier on, I knew any progress on this matter had to be done by way of example for all to SEE with the physical eyes before the ability to SEE WITH THE MIND'S EYE. This led to my editing of 60-plus books of the Bible in Khmer, only several books shy, with some 500-plus pages of notes. This matter of punctuation should be a cautionary tale, that whenever "It's not Khmer" is employed, it cuts off all discussions, and we should all pause and RETHINK the matter.

For you see, in this matter of punctuation usage, ALL punctuation marks have been APPROPRIATED and of non-Khmer origin, save the Khmer "khan" (period/full stop). To frame the issue as a matter of identity--"It's not Khmer"--is not only silly and unhelpful, but self-defeating and costly. The issue then is not whether this is Khmer or not Khmer (since you're already appropriating most of these marks) but HOW are they to be used that works toward CLARITY and effective COMMUNICATION.

- Theary C. Seng, 15 Aug. 2016








Responding to

"Cambodia and Asian values...

don't...import foreign ideologies!"


Edited, fuller response, here

(Theary, 11 Sept. 2017)











A Language in Crisis








A Language in Crisis:

The Written Word








Punctuation is the Key

to Development


Punctuation is the KEY to Development




"Punctuation is the Key to Development"







One Woman's Fight

to Bring Commas to Khmer





ខេមរ ភាសា








Some of the 60+ books

in Khmer

Theary have edited

with punctuation and word spacing.




Volume 1 tells the life of Jesus Christ, written by Dr. Luke in the 1st century




Volume 2 tells about the spread of Christianity after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, written by Dr. Luke in the 1st century



More punctuated books in Khmer here












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