Tai Lue (ᦅᧄᦺᦑᦟᦹᧉ, ᨣᩴᩣᨴᩱᩭᩃᩧ᩶)

Tai Lue is a Southwestern Tai language spoken in China, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar by about 555,760 people. There are about 280,000 speakers of Tai Lue in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture and Jiangcheng Hani and Yi Autonomous County in Yunnan Province in southwestern China.

There are about 126,000 Tai Lue speakers in Bokeo, Luang Prabang, Luang Namtha, Oudomxay, Phongsaly and Xiagnabouli provinces in northern Laos, 83,000 in Nan and Phayao provinces in northern Thailand, 60,000 in Shan state in northern Myanmar, and 6,760 in Lai Châu and Lào Cai provinces in northern Vietnam.

Tai Lue is also known as Lü, Dai, Dai Le, Lu, Lue, Ly, Pai’i’, Pai-I, Shui-Pai-I, Sipsongpanna Dai, Tai Lu or Xishuangbanna Dai. Native speakers call it ᦅᧄᦺᦑᦟᦹᧉ (kam tai lue) [kâm.tâj.lɯ̀].

In China Tai Lue is written with the New Tai Lue script or the Old Tai script. In Thai it may be written with the Lanna script.

New Tai Lue script for Tai Lue

New Tai Lue script

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Sample text

Tai Lue sample text

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Information about Tai Lue

Tai-Kaidai languages

Ahom, Aiton, Bouyei, Isan, Kam, Khamti, (Tai) Khün, Lao, Lue, Northern Thai (Kam Mueang), Nùng, Shan, Sui, Tai Dam, Tai Dón, Tai Hongjin, Tai Laing, Tai Nuea, Tai Phake, Tai Ya, Thai, Thai Song, Yang Zhuang, Zhuang

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