Shan is a Tai language spoken by about 3.3 million people in the Shan
States of Burma in the northeast of the country, and also in parts of
northern Thailand and in the Xishuangbanna (Sipsongpanna) Dai Autonomous
Prefecture of Yunnan province in southwestern China. The language is also
known as Tai-Yai, Tai-Long and ภาษาไทใหญ่.
The Shan script is used in Burma to write Shan, although few Shan
speakers can read and write in the Shan script. In China a script
similar to Dehong Dai (Tai Le) is used.
- Type of writing system: syllabic alphabet - each letter has an inherent vowel
[a]. Other vowels sounds are indicated using diacritics attached to the consonants.
- Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines.
- Shan is a tonal language with five tones, plus a sixth which is used for emphasis.
Tones and punctuation
1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2. The same was in the beginning with God.
(John 1:1-2) from: http://www.skyknowledge.com/shan.htm
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with
reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Information about the Shan language and alphabet
Mongolian Horizontal Square Script,
New Tai Lue,