A language of Laos

Alternate Names
Seak, Sek, Set, Tai Sek, Xaek, Xec, Xek

3,840 in Laos (2015 census). Based on ethnicity.


Bolikhamxai province: Khamkeut district, Nam Ve subdistrict, Na Kadok village; Khammouan province: Grommarol, Thakhek, Hinboun, Mahaxai, and Nakai districts.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).


Na Kadok, Khammouan. Reportedly similar to Tai Yo [tyj].

Language Use

Most also use Lao [lao] (Asian Minorities Outreach 1999b). Used as L2 by Arem [aem].

Language Development



Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

The Saek of Na Kadok claim to have come from Phu Quan, Ban Pho Quang, Duc Tho district, in what is now Ha Tinh province, Viet Nam. Khammouan dialect speakers are originally from Nakai district, and it is still spoken in Toeng, Nam Meo, Na Moey, and Beuk. Traditional religion, Buddhist.

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