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  1. 5 days ago · Thai, or Central Thai (historically Siamese; Thai: ภาษาไทย), is a Tai language of the Kra–Dai language family spoken by Central Thai people and vast majority of Thai Chinese. It is the sole official language of Thailand .

  2. 5 days ago · It is a Southwestern Tai language that is closely related to Lao. Northern Thai has approximately six million speakers, most of whom live in the native Northern Thailand, with a smaller community of Lanna speakers in northwestern Laos . Speakers of this language generally consider the name "Tai Yuan" to be pejorative.

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  4. Name. Cognates with the name Tai (Thai, Dai, etc.) are used by speakers of many Tai languages.The term Tai is now well-established as the generic name in English. In his book The Tai-Kadai Languages Anthony Diller claims that Lao scholars he has met are not pleased with Lao being regarded as a Tai language.

  5. en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Thai_scriptThai script - Wikipedia

    Oct 12, 2021 · This stems from a major change (a tone split) that occurred historically in the phonology of the Thai language. At the time the Thai script was created, the language had three tones and a full set of contrasts between voiced and unvoiced consonants at the beginning of a syllable (e.g. b d g l m n vs. p t k hl hm hn). At a later time, the ...

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  6. en.wikipedia.org › wiki › ThailandThailand - Wikipedia

    3 days ago · The official language of Thailand is Thai, a Kra–Dai language closely related to Lao, Shan in Myanmar, and numerous smaller languages spoken in an arc from Hainan and Yunnan south to the Chinese border. It is the principal language of education and government and spoken throughout the country.

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  7. en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Lao_languageLao language - Wikipedia

    2 days ago · The Lao language falls within the Lao-Phuthai group of languages, including its closest relatives, Phuthai (BGN/PCGN Phouthai) and Tai Yo.Together with Northwestern Tai—which includes Shan, Ahom and most Dai languages of China, the Chiang Saen languages—which include Standard Thai, Khorat Thai and Tai Lanna—and Southern Tai form the Southwestern branch of Tai languages.

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