Tày

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A language of Viet Nam

Alternate Names
Ngan, Phen, T’o, Tai Tho, Thu Lao, “Thô” (pej.)
Population

1,630,000 (2009 census).

Location

Northeast of Ha Noi city, near China border, widespread; 15 provinces, possibly in Laos.

Language Status

6b (Threatened). Language of recognized ethnic group: Tay.

Dialects

Central Tày, Eastern Tày, Southern Tày, Northern Tày, Tày Trung Khanh, Thu Lao, Tày Bao Lac. Reportedly similar to Nung [nut].

Language Use

Also use Vietnamese [vie]. Used as L2 by Green Gelao [giq].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. Radio. Dictionary. Bible portions: 1938–1979.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Tày is an official ethnic community. Traditional religion, Christian.

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