540,000 in China (Zhou and Luo 2001). Ethnic population: 610,000 (Zhou and Luo 2001). Includes Tai Lü, Tai Hongjin, Tai Ya, Tai Dam and Tai Dón. Total users in all countries: 717,400.
Sichuan province: Liangshan autonomous prefecture; Yunnan province: Dehong Dai and Jingpo autonomous prefectures, Baoshan, Lincang, and Simao municipal prefectures.
4 (Educational). Language of recognized nationality: Dai.
Mangshi (Debao, Dehong, Taile), Menggeng (Taita), Tai Pong (Ka, La, Sai, Tai Ka, Ya, You), Yongren.
SVO; modifiers follow heads.
Tai Le script [Tale], used in the Dehong Dai and Jingpho Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China.
Northern Shan-like varieties in China are referred to collectively as Tai Na, or Dehong Dai in Chinese. Buddhist, traditional religion.