Thai, Northeastern

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A language of Thailand

Alternate Names
Isaan, Isan, Issan, Thai Isaan
Population

15,000,000 (1983 SIL). At least 1,000,000 in Bangkok. Kalerng has a few thousand speakers (1990 A. Diller).

Location

Northeast; 17 provinces. Kalerng subdialect: Sakon Nakhon and Nakhon Phanom.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous). De facto language of provincial identity in east, northeast provinces.

Dialects

Central Isan (Kalerng, Kaleung, Kaloeng), Korat, Northern Isan, Southern Isan. Korat dialect is quite different, and may be a separate language.

Typology

SVO

Language Use

88% use Isan dialect in the home, 1% use Central Thai, 11% use both.

Writing
Thai script.
Other Comments

Buddhist.