Tai Loi


A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Aw-aak, Bulang-Su, Doi, Khabe, Kon Doi, Kon Loi, Loi, Monglwe, Muak Sa-aak, Tailoi, Tai-Loi, Wakut

4,460 in Myanmar (2008). Population total all countries: 4,960.


East Shan State, north Mong Yawng township and into China.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


Saneung Muak. Considerable dialectal variation between villages. Lexical similarity: 42% with U [uuu] of China; 40% with Pang Pung Plang [blr]; 25% with standard Wa [prk].



Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Educated young people also use Burmese [mya]. Adults also use Tai Lue [khb]. Also use Mandarin Chinese [cmn].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Tai Loi means ‘mountain Tai’ and is a cover term for multiple Palaungic groups in the area, some of which are Angkuic and some of which are Waic. Buddhist, Christian (Protestant).

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