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).
Central, centered in Bangkok. Khorat dialect: Ratchasima.
1 (National). De facto national language.
Khorat Thai (Korat, Thaikorat).
Ethnonym: Siamese. Buddhist, Christian. Different from Central Tai, which is a separate branch of the Tai language family