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Phu Thai language

Phu Thai
Phu Thai
Native to Thailand, Laos and Vietnam
Native speakers
870,000  (2002–2006)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 pht
Glottolog phut1244[2]

Phu Thai (Phuu Thai; Thai: Phasa Phuthai, ภาษาผู้ไท or ภูไท) is a Thai language closely related language to Tai Dam and Tai Don, it is less well related to the Isan and the Lao languages. It may be the same as Tay Khang.[1]


  • Speakers 1
  • Status 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • Further reading 5
  • External links 6


Speakers of the Phu Thai language in Thailand numbered about 156,000 in 1993. They can be found mainly in the areas around Khamcha-i, Nakhon Phanom, Ubon Ratchathani, Kalasin and Sakhon Nakhon. Phu Thai speakers live as well in the Khammouan, Savannakhet, Saravan, and Champassak provinces of Laos, northern areas of Vietnam, and possibly also in China.

There is little dialect differentiation.


Despite its rich heritage, and regional fame, in Thailand this language group is increasingly becoming integrated into the mainstream Issan language. This is due in large part to a campaign by the Thai government to modernize all Thai people, as well as due to outside influences of television, Internet and local radio broadcasts. Most younger members of northeastern tribal groups in Thailand prefer to be called Thais rather than by their traditional tribal group name.

See also


  1. ^ a b Phu Thai at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Phu Thai". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 

Further reading

  • Khanitthānan, Wilaiwan. 1977. Phāsā Phū Thai. Krung Thēp Mahā Nakhō̜n: Rōngphim Mahāwitthāyālai Thammasāt, 2520.

External links

  • Ban Khok Kong Phu-Thai Village
  • In Search for the Phutais
  • Mo Yao : Phutai Healing
  • Phutai Language : A comparative study of the Phutai in Thailand and Laos P.D.R.
  • โครงการอนุรักษ์และฟื้นฟูคุณค่าของภาษาผู้ไท
  • About Some Linguistic Variations in Phu Tai

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