Thai

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A language of Thailand

Alternate Names
Central Tai, Siamese, Standard Thai, Thaiklang
Population

20,200,000 in Thailand (2000). 400,000 Khorat. 4,700,000 mother-tongue Thai are ethnic Chinese, or 80% of the Chinese (1984). Population total all countries: 20,396,930. L2 users: 40,000,000 in Thailand (2001 A. Diller).

Location

Central, centered in Bangkok. Khorat dialect: Ratchasima.

Language Status

1 (National). De facto national language.

Dialects

Khorat Thai (Korat, Thaikorat).

Typology

SVO.

Language Development
Fully developed. Bible: 1883–2011.
Writing

Braille script [Brai]. Thai script [Thai], primary usage.

Other Comments

Ethnonym: Siamese. Buddhist, Christian.

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