Tai Neua


  • Language: Tai Neua
  • Alternate names:
  • Language code: tdd
  • Language family: Tai-Kadai, Kam-Tai, Daic-Beic, Daic, Central-Southwestern Tai, Wenma-Southwestern Tai, Sapa-Southwestern Tai, Southwestern Tai, Southwestern Tai P, Shan Tai, Northern Shan
  • Number of speakers: 70,000
  • Vulnerability: Threatened
  • Script: Tai Le script, used in the Dehong Dai and Jingpho Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China.

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    Officially classified within Dai nationality. Northern Shan-like varieties in China are referred to collectively as Tai Na, or Dehong Dai in Chinese. Buddhist (Theravada), traditional religion.

    Tai Neua literally means 'northern Tai'. Tai Neua (tdd) in Laos is closely related to Tai Daeng and Phutai. It is often confused with another Southwestern Tai language of the same name spoken in western Lincang (臨滄) and western Pu'er (普洱) of Yunnan Province, China. The China Tai Neua, which has no ISO code for it, is closely related to Dehong Dai and Xishuangbanna Dai (Tai Lue) and is considered a component of the Dai nationality in China. Both Tai Neua (tdd) and the China Tai Neua belong to Southeastern Tai of Tai-Kadai (David Bradley 2014, personal communication).