Tai Laing


A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Red Tai, Shan Bamar, Shan Kalee, Shan Ni, Tai Laeng, Tai Lai, Tai Lang, Tai Nai, Tai Naing

100,000 (2010 SIL).


Kachin State, from Myitkyina to Bamaw township; Sagaing Region, Homalin township, along the Irrawaddy, Chindwin, and Uru rivers.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).


Tai Lai, Tai Nai. Two subgroups: Those who live along the railway line between Myitkyina and Mandalay and call themselves Tai Nai; Those who live along the river south of Myitkyina who call themselves Tai Lai. However, apart from the sound shift l to n among the first group, there do not seem to be any major differences in language between these 2 subgroups. Reportedly similar to Khamti [kht].

Language Use

Shifting to Burmese [mya] in some areas.


Myanmar (Burmese) script [Mymr], historical usage with some recent revival of the script.

Other Comments

The name Tai Laing means Red Tai. Buddhist.