The New (Simplified) Tai Lue script was developed in China during the 1950s. It is based on the Old (Traditional) Tai Lue script, which had been in use since about 1200 AD. Between 1950 and the early 1980s the Chinese government promoted the new script as a replacement for the old script. However since the 1980s the Tai Lue in China have been allowed to choose to teach either the new or the old script. The new script is used exclusively in Jinghong, so could be called the New Jinghong Tai Lue script, and is used for shop and street signs. Few people can read it.
The traditional Tai Lue script, which is very similar to the Lanna alphabet, is still used in Burma, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.
Lue (a.k.a. Tai Lu, Lü, Lu, Dai Le, Xishuangbanna Dai, Pai-i) a language spoken mainly in the southern Chinese province of Yunnan by about 260,000 people. There are also 265,000 speakers in Burma, 70,000 in Thailand, 20,000 in Laos and 3,000 in Vietnam.
Information about Tai Lue, and more sample texts
Free Tai Lue fonts
Profile of the Tai Lue (Dai) people
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