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Tai Dón

A language of Viet Nam

ISO 639-3twh

Population  280,000 in Viet Nam (2002). Population total all countries: 490,000.
Region  Northern Vietnam, along the Red and Black rivers; south now settled mainly in Tung Nghia (Lam Dong Province). Also in China, France, Laos.
Language maps  Northern Viet Nam, reference number 84
Northwestern Viet Nam, reference number 84
Alternate names   Tai Blanc, Tai Kao, Tai Lai, Táy Khao, Thái Tráng, White Tai
Dialects  Not intelligible with Tai Dam [blt]. Lao [lao] influenced the speech of some Tai Dón.
Classification  Tai-Kadai, Kam-Tai, Be-Tai, Tai-Sek, Tai, Southwestern, East Central, Chiang Saeng
Language use  Different customs from Tai Dam. Tai Dón have strong ethnic pride. Those who have had prolonged contact with Tai Dam have become bilingual in it. Many have not had that contact.
Language development  Bible portions: 1969.
Writing system  Latin script. Tai Viet script.
Comments  Part of the Thái official nationality. Traditional religion, Buddhist.

Also spoken in:

China

Language name   Tai Dón
Population  10,000 in China (1995).
Region  Jingping County, Yunnan.
Language map  Southwestern China
Comments  Part of the Dai nationality.
 

Laos

Language name   Tai Dón
Population  200,000 in Laos (1995 census).
Region  Northeast.
Language map  Laos, reference number 62
Alternate names  Tai Blanc, Tai Kao, Tai Lai, Thái Tráng, White Tai
Language use  A large influential group. Few also use Tai Dam [blt].
Comments  Part of the Thai official ethnic community in Viet Nam. Traditional religion.