Thai, Southern

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A language of Thailand

Alternate Names
Dambro, Pak Tai, Pak Thai, Paktay
Population

4,500,000 (2006 Mahidol University).

Location

Surat Thani, Chumphon, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Songkhla, Phatthalung, Ranong, Phangnga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Pattani, Yala, and Satun provinces; Muslim Thai dialect.

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Language Status

5 (Developing). De facto language of provincial identity in southeasternmost 15 provinces.

Dialects

Tak Bai (Tai Tak Bai), Thai Malay (Tai Islam). A group of dialects more distantly related to other Tai languages. Border dialects are quite distinct from others.

Language Use

81% use Southern Thai in the home, Muslim Tai (Thai Malay) speak only Southern Thai. Also use Thai [tha]. Used as L2 by Kensiu [kns].

Language Development
Read Central Thai. Bible portions: 2000.
Writing

Thai script [Thai].

Other Comments

Buddhist, Christian, Muslim.