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Phu Thai

A language of Thailand

ISO 639-3pht

Population  470,000 in Thailand (2006 Mahidol). Population total all countries: 833,000.
Region  Kham Chai, Nakorn Panom, Ubon, Kalasin, Sakorn Nakorn. Possibly also in China. Also in Laos, United States, Viet Nam.
Language map  Northern Thailand, reference number 39
Alternate names   Phutai, Phuu Thai, Putai, Puthai
Dialects  Little dialect differentiation. Similar to Tai Dam [blt] and Tai Don [twh].
Classification  Tai-Kadai, Kam-Tai, Be-Tai, Tai-Sek, Tai, Southwestern, Lao-Phutai
Language use  Also use Isan (a dialect of Northeastern Thai [tts]).
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 75%–100%.
Comments  Buddhist.

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Language name   Phu Thai
Population  154,000 in Laos (Johnstone and Mandryk 2001).
Region  Khammouan, Savannakhet, Saravan, Champassak provinces; some in Oudomxai, Luang Prabang provinces.
Language maps  Laos, reference number 48
Laos, reference number 48
Alternate names  Phutai, Putai, Puthay
Language use  Also use Lao [lao].
Comments  Agriculturalists. Traditional religion.

Viet Nam

Language name   Phu Thai
Population  209,000 in Viet Nam (2002).
Region  Northern.
Language map  Northern Viet Nam, reference number 67
Alternate names  Phutai, Putai, Puthai, Puthay
Comments  Part of the Thái official ethnic community.
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