Tai Dam


A language of Viet Nam

Alternate Names
Black Tai, Tai Do, Tai Noir, Táy-Dam, Thái Den

699,000 in Viet Nam (2002 SIL). Population total all countries: 763,754.


North, along Red and Black rivers; south, Lam Dòng Province, Tung Nghia; Dac Lac Province, Tho Thanh; Gia Lai Province, Pleiku; elsewhere. Also in Australia, China, France, Laos, Thailand, United States.

Language Status

5 (Developing).


Táy Mu’ò’i (Meuay, Tai Mueai). Similar to Thai Song [soa] and Tai Dón [twh], but not inherently intelligible of Tai Dón.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. Radio programs. Dictionary. Bible portions: 1982–2000.
Lao script. Latin script. Tai Viet script.
Other Comments

Part of Thái official ethnic community (1,550,423, 2009 census), which also includes Tai Dón [twh] and Tai Daeng [tyr]. Officially included under Dai in China. Traditional religion.

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