3,200,000 in Myanmar (Johnstone and Mandryk 2001). Very few monolinguals. 350,000 Tai Mao (1990 A. Diller). Population total all countries: 3,295,000.
Shan state. Tai Mao is on Myanmar-Yunnan border, centered at Mu’ang Mao Long or Namkham. Also in China, Thailand.
3 (Wider communication).
Northern Shan State, Southern Shan State, Tai Mao (Mao Shan, Tai Khe). Regional dialect differences. Low intelligibility of Lü [khb].
Tai Mao (Mao Shan, Tai Khe) is linguistically closer to Tai Nüa [tdd] but political and cultural factors lead them to identify with Shan. Buddhist.