Tai Dón


A language of Viet Nam

Alternate Names
Tai Blanc, Tai Kao, Tai Lai, Thái Tráng, Táy Khao, White Tai

280,000 in Viet Nam (2002). Total users in all countries: 495,000.


North, mainly along Red and Black rivers, Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Lao Cai, and Son La provinces; some in the south; Lam Dong province: Tung Nghia.

Language Status

6a* (Vigorous). Language of recognized ethnic group: Thai.


None known. Not intelligible of Tai Dam [blt]. Lao [lao] influenced the speech of some Tai Dón.

Language Use

Positive attitudes. Also use Tai Dam [blt], bilingually among some of the population. Used as L2 by Tai Dam [blt].

Language Development

Dictionary. Bible portions: 1969–1992.


Latin script [Latn]. Tai Viet script [Tavt].

Other Comments

Part of the Thái official ethnic community (1,550,423, 2009 census). Traditional religion, Buddhist.

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