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Northern Thai (Thai: ภาษาถิ่นพายัพ, ภาษาไทยถิ่นเหนือ; RTGS: Phasa Thin Phayap), Lanna (Thai: ล้านนา), or Kam Mueang (Northern Thai: ᨣᩴᩤᨾᩮᩥᩬᨦ [kam˧.mɯːəŋ˧],  ( listen), Thai: คำเมือง  [kʰam˧ mɯːəŋ˧]) is the language of the Northern Thai people
Northern Thai people
of Lanna, Thailand. It is a Tai language that is phonotactically closely related to Lao. Northern Thai has approximately six million speakers, most of whom live in the native Northern Thailand, with a smaller community of approximately several thousand speakers in northwestern Laos. Speakers of this language generally consider the name "Tai Yuan" to be pejorative. They refer to themselves and the language as khon mueang (คนเมือง,  [xon˧ mɯːəŋ˧]), Lanna, or Northern Thai. The language is also sometimes referred to as phayap (พายัพ, Thai pronunciation: [pʰāːjáp]), "Northwestern (speech)". The term Yuan is still sometimes used for Northern Thai's distinctive Tai Tham alphabet, which is closely related to the old Tai Lue alphabet and the Lao religious alphabets. The use of the tua mueang, as the traditional alphabet is known, is now largely limited to Buddhist temples, where many old sermon manuscripts are still in active use. There is no active production of literature in the traditional alphabet. The modern spoken form is called Kam Muang. There is a resurgence of interest in writing it in the traditional way, but the modern pronunciation differs from that prescribed in spelling rules.[3] From a purely genealogical standpoint, most linguists consider Northern Thai to be more closely related to Central Thai, and than to Lao or Isan, but the distinction is vague as the language has been heavily influenced by Lao throughout history. Furthermore, all Southwestern Tai languages
Tai languages
form a coherent dialect continuum of more or less mutually intelligible varieties, with few sharp dividing lines.

Contents

1 Varieties and related languages 2 Script 3 Phonology

3.1 Consonants

3.1.1 Initial consonants 3.1.2 Initial consonant clusters 3.1.3 Final consonants

3.2 Vowels

3.2.1 Allophones

3.3 Tones

3.3.1 Contrastive tones in unchecked syllables 3.3.2 Contrastive tones in checked syllables

4 Grammar

4.1 Adjectives and adverbs 4.2 Verbs 4.3 Final particles

4.3.1 Interrogative particles 4.3.2 Imperative particles 4.3.3 Polite particles

4.4 Nouns 4.5 Pronouns

5 Vocabulary 6 Northern Thai and Standard Thai

6.1 Different sounds 6.2 Different words 6.3 Similar words

6.3.1 Aspiration of initial consonants

7 Notes 8 References 9 Further reading 10 External links

Varieties and related languages[edit] The Northern Thai language
Thai language
has various names in Northern Thai, Thai, and other Tai languages.

In Northern Thai, it is commonly called kam mueang (ᨣᩴᩤᨾᩮᩥᩬᨦ, กำเมือง /kām.mɯ̄aŋ/, literally "city language"; cf. Standard Thai: คำเมือง /kʰām.mɯ̄aŋ/), or phasa Lan Na (ᨽᩣᩇᩣᩃ᩶ᩣ᩠ᨶᨶᩣ, ภาษาล้านนา /pʰāː.sǎː.láːn.nāː/, literally "the language of Lan Na"). In Standard Thai, Northern Thai is known as phasa thin phayap (ภาษาถิ่นพายัพ /pʰāː.sǎː.tʰìn.pʰāː.jáp/, literally "the language of the northern region"), or phasa thai thin nuea (ภาษาไทยถิ่นเหนือ /pʰāː.sǎː.tʰāj.tʰìn.nɯ̌a/, literally "the Thai language
Thai language
of the northern region", or colloquially it is known as phasa nuea (ภาษาเหนือ /pʰāː.sǎː.nɯ̌a/, literally "the northern language"). In Lao, it is known as phasa nyuan or phasa nyon (ພາສາຍວນ or ພາສາໂຍນ respectively, /pʰáː.sǎː.ɲúan/ or /pʰáː.sǎː.ɲóːn/ respectively, literally "the Tai Yuan language"). In Tai Lü, it is known as kam yon (ᦅᧄᦍᦷᧃ kâm.jôn, literally "the Tai Yuan language"). In Shan it is known as kwam yon (ၵႂၢမ်းယူၼ်း kwáːm.jón, literally "the Tai Yuan language").

Script[edit]

Northern Thai in its own alphabet, the Tai Tham alphabet

Currently, different scripts are used to write Northern Thai. Northern Thai is traditionally written with the Tai Tham script, which in Northern Thai is called tua mueang (ᨲᩫ᩠ᩅᨾᩮᩥ᩠ᩋᨦ ตั๋วเมือง /tǔa.mɯ̄aŋ/) or tua tham (ᨲᩫ᩠ᩅᨵᩢᨾ᩠ᨾ᩺ ตั๋วธัมม์ /tǔa.tʰām/). However, native speakers are presently illiterate in the traditional script; therefore, they instead use the Thai script to write the language. In Laos, the Lao script is commonly used to write Northern Thai.

A sign written in Northern Thai, Thai, and English

Some problems arise when the Thai script is used to write Northern Thai. In particular, Standard Thai script cannot transcribe all Northern Thai tones. The two falling tones in Northern Thai correspond to a single falling tone in Thai. Specifically, Northern Thai has two types of falling tones: high-falling tone (˥˧) and falling tone (˥˩). However, Thai lacks the distinction between the two falling tones, not having a high-falling tone (˥˧). When using Thai script to write Northern Thai tones, the distinction of the two falling tones is lost because Thai script can only indicate a low falling tone (˥˩). As an example, the tonal distinction between /ka᷇ː/ (ก้า (ᨠᩖ᩶ᩣ กล้า) "to be brave") and /kâː/ (ก้า (ᨣ᩵ᩤ ค่า) "value") is lost when written in Thai since as only /kâː/ (ก้า) is permitted. Consequently, the meaning of ก้า is ambiguous as it can mean both "to be brave" and "value". Similarly, /pa᷇ːj/ (ป้าย (ᨸ᩶ᩣᩭ ป้าย) "sign") and /pâːj/ (ป้าย (ᨻ᩵ᩣᩭ พ่าย) "to lose") have the same problem and only /pâːj/ (ป้าย) is permitted. As a result, the spelling ป้าย is ambiguous because it can mean both "sign" or "to lose". Such tonal mergence ambiguity is avoided when the language is written with the Northern Thai script.

Northern Thai script page 1

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Phonology[edit] Consonants[edit] Initial consonants[edit] Northern Thai consonant inventory is similar to that of Lao; both languages have the [ɲ] sound and lack [tɕʰ].

Labial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal

Nasal [m] ᨾ ᩉ᩠ᨾ [n] ᨶ ᨱ ᩉ᩠ᨶ [ɲ] ᨿ ᨬ ᩉ᩠ᨿ [ŋ] ᨦ ᩉ᩠ᨦ

Stop tenuis [p] ᨸ ᨻ [t] ᨲ ᨴ ᨭ [t͡ɕ] ᨧ ᨩ [k] ᨠ ᨣ [ʔ]* ᩋ

aspirate [pʰ] ᨹ ᨽ ᨷᩕ [tʰ] ᨳ ᨮ ᨵ ᨰ ᨲᩕ ᨴᩕ ([t͡ɕʰ])**     ([kʰ])**    

voiced [b] ᨷ [d] ᨯ

Fricative [f] ᨺ ᨼ   [s] ᩈ ᩇ ᩆ ᨨ ᨪ ᨫ

[x] ᨡ ᨤ ᨥ ᨠᩕ ᨣᩕ [h] ᩉ ᩁ ᩌ ᩉᩕ

Approximant [w] ᩅ ᩉ᩠ᩅ [l] ᩃ ᩁ ᩉᩖ ᩉ᩠ᩃ ᩊ [j] ᩀ  

* Implied before any vowel without an initial and after a short vowel without a final. ** /kʰ/ and /t͡ɕʰ/ occur in loanwords from Standard Thai.

Initial consonant clusters[edit] There are two relatively common consonant clusters:

/kw/ /xw/

There are also several other, less frequent clusters recorded,[4] though apparently in the process of being lost:[5]

/ŋw/ /tɕw/ /sw/ /tw/ /tʰw/[6] /nw/ /ɲw/ /jw/ /lw/ /ʔw/

Final consonants[edit] All plosive sounds are unreleased. Hence, final /p/, /t/, and /k/ sounds are pronounced as [p̚], [t̚], and [k̚] respectively.

Labial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal

Nasal [m] [n]

[ŋ]

Stop [p] [t]

[k] [ʔ]*

Approximant [w]

j

* The glottal stop appears at the end when no final follows a short vowel.

Vowels[edit] The basic vowels of the Northern Thai language
Thai language
are similar to those of Standard Thai. They, from front to back and close to open, are given in the following table. The top entry in every cell is the symbol from the International Phonetic Alphabet, the second entry gives the spelling in the Thai alphabet, where a dash (–) indicates the position of the initial consonant after which the vowel is pronounced. A second dash indicates that a final consonant must follow.

Front Back

unrounded rounded

short long short long short long

High /i/  -ิ  /iː/  -ี  /ɯ/  -ึ  /ɯː/  -ื-  /u/  -ุ  /uː/  -ู 

Mid /e/ เ-ะ /eː/ เ- /ɤ/ เ-อะ /ɤː/ เ-อ /o/ โ-ะ /oː/ โ-

Low /ɛ/ แ-ะ /ɛː/ แ- /a/ -ะ, -ั- /aː/ -า /ɔ/ เ-าะ /ɔː/ -อ

The vowels each exist in long-short pairs: these are distinct phonemes forming unrelated words in Northern Thai,[7] but usually transliterated the same: เขา (khao) means "they/them", while ขาว (khao) means "white". The long-short pairs are as follows:

Long Short

Thai IPA Example Thai IPA Example

–า /aː/ ฝาน /fǎːn/ 'to slice' –ะ /a/ ฝัน /fǎn/ 'to dream'

–ี  /iː/ ตี๋ /tǐː/ 'to cut' –ิ  /i/ ติ๋ /tǐʔ/ 'to criticize'

–ู  /uː/ สูด /sùːt/ 'to inhale' –ุ  /u/ สุ๋ด /sǔt/ 'rearmost'

เ– /eː/ เอน /ʔēːn/ 'to recline' เ–ะ /e/ เอ็น /ʔēn/ 'tendon, ligament'

แ– /ɛː/ แก่ /kɛ̀ː/ 'to be old' แ–ะ /ɛ/ แก๋ะ /kɛ́ʔ/ 'sheep'

–ื-  /ɯː/ ฅืน (คืน) /xɯ̄ːn/ 'to return' –ึ  /ɯ/ ขึ้น /xɯ᷇n/ 'to go up'

เ–อ /ɤː/ เมิน /mɤː̄n/ 'to delay; long time' เ–อะ /ɤ/ เงิน /ŋɤ̄n/ 'silver'

โ– /oː/ โจ๋ร (โจ๋น) /t͡ɕǒːn/ 'thief' โ–ะ /o/ จ๋น /t͡ɕǒn/ 'to be poor'

–อ /ɔː/ ลอง /lɔ̄ːŋ/ 'to try' เ–าะ /ɔ/ ล่อง /lɔ̂ŋ/ 'to go down, to go downhill'

The basic vowels can be combined into diphthongs. For purposes of determining tone, those marked with an asterisk are sometimes classified as long:

Long Short

Thai script IPA Thai script IPA

–าย /aːj/ ไ–*, ใ–*, ไ–ย, -ัย /aj/

–าว /aːw/ เ–า* /aw/

เ–ีย /iːa/ เ–ียะ /ia/

– – –ิว /iw/

–ัว /uːa/ –ัวะ /ua/

–ูย /uːj/ –ุย /uj/

เ–ว /eːw/ เ–็ว /ew/

แ–ว /ɛːw/ – –

เ–ือ /ɯːa/ เ–ือะ /ɯa/

เ–ย /ɤːj/ – –

–อย /ɔːj/ – –

โ–ย /oːj/ – –

Additionally, there are three triphthongs, all of which are long:

Thai script IPA

เ–ียว /iaw/

–วย /uaj/

เ–ือย /ɯaj/

Allophones[edit] The following section largely concerns the Nan dialect of Northern Thai.[8]

Phoneme Allophone Context Example using Thai script IPA Gloss

/b/ [b] onset บ่า /bàː/ shoulder

/d/ [d] onset ดอย /dɔ̄ːj/ mountain

/p/ [p] onset ป่า /pàː/ forest

[p̚] coda อาบ /ʔàːp/ bath

[pm̩] coda, emphasised บ่หลับ /bɔ̀ lǎp/ not sleep!

/t/ [t] onset ตา /tǎː/ eye

[t̚] coda เปิด /pɤ̀ːt/ open

[tn̩] coda, emphasised บ่เผ็ด /bɔ̀ pʰět/ not spicy!

/k/ [k] onset กา /kǎː/ crow

[k̚] coda ปีก /pìːk/ wing

[kŋ̩] coda, emphasised บ่สุก /bɔ̀ sǔk/ not ripe!

/x/ [x] before non-front vowels แขก /xɛ̀ːk/ guest

[ç] before front vowels ฅิง /xīŋ/ you(familiar)

/s/ [s] onset ซาว /sāːw/ twenty

[ɕ] under emphasis สาทุ /sǎː.túʔ/ surely

/h/ [h] non-intervocalic ห้า /ha᷇ː/ five

[ɦ] intervocalic ใผมาหา /pʰǎj māː hǎː/ who come find(Who is here to see you?)

/nɯ̂ŋ/ [m̩] after bilabial stop ฅืบนึ่ง /xɯ̂ːp nɯ̂ŋ/ span one(one more span)

[n̩] after alveolar stop แถมขวดนึ่ง /tʰɛ̌m xùat nɯ̂ŋ/ more bottle one(one more bottle)

[ŋ̩] after velar stop แถมดอกนึ่ง /tʰɛ̌m dɔ̀ːk nɯ̂ŋ/ more flower one(one more flower)

Tones[edit]

The six phonemic tones in Northern Thai pronounced with the syllable '/law/':

There are six phonemic tones in the Chiangmai dialect of Northern Thai: low-rising, mid-low, high-falling, mid-high, falling, and high rising-falling.[9] Contrastive tones in unchecked syllables[edit] The table below presents six phonemic tones in unchecked syllables, i.e. closed syllables ending in sonorant sounds such as [m], [n], [ŋ], [w], and [j] and open syllables.

Tone Standard Thai Tone Equated to[10] Example (Northern Thai script) Example (Thai script) Phonemic Phonetic Tone letter gloss

low-rising rising ᩉᩮᩖᩢᩣ เหลา /lǎw/ [law˨˦] 24 sharpen

mid-low low ᩉᩮᩖᩢ᩵ᩣ เหล่า /làw/ [law˨] 22 forest; group

high-falling (glottalized) (none) ᩉᩮᩖᩢ᩶ᩣ เหล้า /la᷇w/ [la̰w˥˧] 53 liquor, alcoholic drink

mid-high mid ᩃᩮᩢᩣ เลา /lāw/ [law˧] 33 beautiful, pretty; reed

falling falling ᩃᩮᩢ᩵ᩣ เล่า /lâw/ [law˥˩] 51 tell (a story)

high rising-falling (glottalized) high ᩃᩮᩢ᩶ᩣ เล้า /láw/ [la̰w˦˥˦] 454 coop, pen (for chickens or pigs)

Contrastive tones in checked syllables[edit] The table below presents four phonemic tones in checked syllables, i.e. closed syllables ending in a glottal stop [ʔ] and obstruent sounds such as [p], [t], and [k].

Tone Standard Thai Tone Equated to[10] Example (Northern Thai script) Example (Thai script) Phonemic Phonetic gloss

low-rising rising ᩉᩖᩢᨠ หลั๋ก /lǎk/ [lak̚˨˦] post

high-falling high ᩃᩢ᩠ᨠ ลัก /la᷇k/ [lak̚˥] steal

low low ᩉᩖᩣ᩠ᨠ หลาก /làːk/ [laːk̚˨] differ from others

falling falling ᩃᩣ᩠ᨠ ลาก /lâːk/ [laːk̚˥˩] drag

Grammar[edit] The grammar of Northern Thai is similar to those of other Tai languages. The word order is subject–verb–object, although the subject is often omitted. Just as Standard Thai, Northern Thai pronouns are selected according to the gender and relative status of speaker and audience. Adjectives and adverbs[edit] There is no morphological distinction between adverbs and adjectives. Many words can be used in either function. They succeed the word which they modify, which may be a noun, verb, or another adjective or adverb.

แม่ญิงเฒ่า (mae nying thao, /mɛ̂ː.ɲīŋ.tʰa᷇w/) an old woman แม่ญิงตี้เฒ่าโวย (mae nying ti thao woi, /mɛ̂ː.ɲīŋ.tîː.tʰa᷇w.wōːj/) a woman who became old quickly

Because adjectives can be used as complete predicates, many words used to indicate tense in verbs (see Verbs:Aspect below) may be used to describe adjectives.

ข้าหิว (kha hiw, [xa᷇ː hǐw]) I am hungry. ข้าจะหิว (kha cha hiw, [xa᷇ː t͡ɕa hǐw]) I will be hungry. ข้ากะลังหิว (kha kalang hiw, [xa᷇ː ka.lāŋ hǐw]) I am hungry right now. ข้าหิวแล้ว (kha hiu laew, [xa᷇ː hǐw lɛ́ːw]) I am already hungry.

Verbs[edit] Verbs do not inflect. They do not change with person, tense, voice, mood, or number; nor are there any participles.

ข้าตี๋เปิ้น (kha ti poen, [xa᷇ː tǐː pɤ̂n]), I hit him. เปิ้นตี๋ข้า (poen ti kha, [pɤ̂n tǐː xa᷇ː]), He hit me.

The passive voice is indicated by the insertion of โดน (don, [dōːn]) before the verb. For example:

เปิ้นโดนตี๋ (poen don ti, [pɤ̂n dōːn tǐː]), He is hit or He got hit. This describes an action that is out of the receiver's control and, thus, conveys suffering.

To convey the opposite sense, a sense of having an opportunity arrive, ได้ (dai, [da᷇j], can) is used. For example:

เปิ้นจะได้ไปแอ่วเมืองลาว (poen cha dai pai aew mueang lao, [pɤ̂n t͡ɕa da᷇j pāj ʔɛ̀w mɯ̄aŋ lāːw]), He gets to visit Laos. เปิ้นตี๋ได้ (poen ti dai, [pɤ̂n tǐː da᷇j]), He is/was allowed to hit or He is/was able to hit

Negation is indicated by placing บ่ (bor,[bɔ̀] or [bà] not) before the verb.

เปิ้นบ่ตี๋, (poen bor ti, [pɤ̂n bɔ̀ tǐː]) He is not hitting. or He not hit.

Aspect is conveyed by aspect markers before or after the verb.

Present can be indicated by กะลัง (kalang, [ka.lāŋ], currently) or กะลังหะ (kalangha, [ka.lāŋ.hà], currently) before the verb for ongoing action (like English -ing form), by อยู่ (yu, [jùː]) after the verb, or by both. For example:

เปิ้นกะลังหะล่น (poen kalangha lon, [pɤ̂n ka.lāŋ.hà lôn]), or เปิ้นล่นอยู่ (poen lon yu, [pɤ̂n lôn jùː]), or เปิ้นกะลังหะล่นอยู่ (poen kalanɡha lon yu, [pɤ̂n ka.lāŋ.hà lôn jùː]), He is running.

Future can be indicated by จะ (cha, [t͡ɕaʔ], will) before the verb or by a time expression indicating the future. For example:

เปิ้นจะล่น (poen cha lon, [pɤ̂n t͡ɕaʔ lôn]), He will run or He is going to run.

Past can be indicated by ได้ (dai, [da᷇j]) before the verb or by a time expression indicating the past. However, แล้ว (laew,  :[lɛ́ːw], already) is often used to indicate the past aspect by being placed behind the verb. Or, both ได้ and แล้ว are put together to form the past aspect expression. For example:

เปิ้นได้กิ๋น (poen dai kin, [pɤ̂n da᷇j kǐn]), He ate. เปิ้นกิ๋นแล้ว (poen kin laew, [pɤ̂n kǐn lɛ́ːw], He has eaten. เปิ้นได้กิ๋นแล้ว (poen dai kin laew, [pɤ̂n da᷇j kǐn lɛ́ːw]), He's already eaten.

Aspect markers are not required.

ข้ากิ๋นตี้หั้น (kha kin tihan, [xa᷇ kǐn tîː.ha᷇n]), I eat there. ข้ากิ๋นตี้หั้นตะวา (kha kin tihan tawa, [xa᷇ kǐn tîː.ha᷇n ta.wāː]), I ate there yesterday. ข้ากิ๋นตี้หั้นวันพูก (kha kin tihan wanphuk, [xa᷇ kǐn tîː.ha᷇n wān.pʰûːk]), I'll eat there tomorrow.

Words that indicate obligation include at cha (อาจจะ), na cha (น่าจะ), khuan cha (ควรจะ)[dubious – discuss], and tong (ต้อง).

at cha (อาจจะ, /ʔàːt.t͡ɕa/) Might

เปิ้นอาจจะมา (poen at cha ma, /pɤ̂n ʔàːt.t͡ɕa māː/) He might come.

na cha (น่าจะ, /na᷇ː.t͡ɕa/) Likely to

เปิ้นน่าจะมา (poen na cha ma, /pɤ̂n na᷇ː.t͡ɕa māː/) He is likely to come.

khuan cha (ควรจะ, /xūan.t͡ɕa/) Should

เปิ้นควรจะมา (poen khuan cha ma, /pɤ̂n xūan.t͡ɕa māː/) He should come.

tong (ต้อง, /tɔ᷇ːŋ/) Must

เปิ้นต้องมา (poen tong ma, /pɤ̂n tɔ᷇ːŋ māː/) He must come.

Actions that wherein one is busily engaged can be indicated by มัวก่า (mua ka, /mūa.kàː/).

ก่อมัวก่ากิ๋นหั้นเนาะ (kor mua ka kin han nor, /kɔ̀ mūa kàː kǐn ha᷇n nɔ᷇ʔ/) (It's that you/he/she) just keeps on eating it like that, you know?

Words that express one's desire to do something can by indicated by khai (ใค่) and kan (กั๊น).

khai (ใค่, /xâj/, to want, to desire)

ข้าเจ้าใค่กิ๋น (kha.chao khai kin, /xa᷇ː.t͡ɕa᷇w xâj kǐn/) I want to eat.

kan (กั๊น, /kán/, to try)

ข้าเจ้ากั๊นกิ๋น (kha.chao kan kin, /xa᷇ː.t͡ɕa᷇w kán kǐn/) I try to eat.

Phor tha wa (ผ่อท่าว่า, /pʰɔ̀ː.tʰâː.wâː/) is used to give the impression or sensation of being something or having a particular quality.

ผ่อท่าว่าเปิ้นปิ๊กมาแล้ว (phor tha wa poen pik ma laew, /pʰɔ̀ː tʰâː wâː pɤ̂n pi᷇k māː lɛ́ːw/) It seems that he has returned.

Final particles[edit] Northern Thai has a number of final particles, which have different functions. Interrogative particles[edit] Some of the most common interrogative particles are kor (ก่อ, /kɔ̀ː/) and ka (กา, /kāː/)

kor (ก่อ, /kɔ̀ː/, denoting yes/no question)

ม่วนก่อ (muan kor, /mûan kɔ̀ː/) Is it fun?

ka (กา (and its variants: ก๋า, กา), /kāː/, denoting confirmative question)

ม่วนกา (muan ka, /mûan kāː/) It is fun, right?

Imperative particles[edit] Some imperative particles are แล่, จิ่ม, and เตอะ. lae (แล่, /lɛ̂ː/)

กิ๋นแล่ (kin lae, /kǐn lɛ̂ː/) Eat! (Authoritative).

chim (จิ่ม, /t͡ɕìm/)

ขอกิ๋นจิ่ม (khor kin chim, /xɔ̌ː kǐn t͡ɕìm/) May I eat please?

hia (เหีย, /hǐa/)

กิ๋นเหีย (kin hia, /kǐn hǐa/) Eat! (because I know it will be beneficial to you).

toe (เต๊อะ, /tɤ᷇ʔ/)

กิ๋นเต๊อะ (kin toe, /kǐn tɤ᷇ʔ/) Eat, please.

Polite particles[edit] Polite particles include คับ and เจ้า.

khap (คับ, /xa᷇p/, used by males)

กิ๋นเข้าแล้วคับ (kin khaw laew khap, /kǐn xa᷇w lɛ́ːw xa᷇p/) I have eaten, sir/ma'am.

chao (เจ้า, /t͡ɕa᷇w/, used by females)

กิ๋นเข้าแล้วเจ้า (kin khaw laew chao, /kǐn xa᷇w lɛ́ːw t͡ɕa᷇w/) I have eaten, sir/ma'am.

Nouns[edit] Nouns are uninflected and have no gender; there are no articles. Nouns are neither singular nor plural. Some specific nouns are reduplicated to form collectives: ละอ่อน (la-orn, [la.ʔɔ̀ːn], child) is often repeated as ละอ่อนๆ (la-orn la-orn, [la.ʔɔ̀ːn la.ʔɔ̀ːn],) to refer to a group of children. The word หมู่(mu, [mùː]) may be used as a prefix of a noun or pronoun as a collective to pluralize or emphasise the following word. (หมู่ผม, mu phom, [mùː pʰǒm], we (exclusive), masculine; หมู่เฮา mu hao, [mùː hāw], emphasised we; หมู่หมา mu ma, [mùː mǎː], (the) dogs). Plurals are expressed by adding classifiers, used as measure words (ลักษณนาม), in the form of noun-number-classifier (คูห้าคน, "teacher five person" for "five teachers"). Pronouns[edit] Pronouns may be omitted once they have already been established in the first sentence, unless the pronoun in the following sentences is different from the first sentence. The pronoun "you" may also be omitted if the speaker is speaking directly to a second person. Moreover, names may replace pronouns, and they can even replace the first person singular pronoun.

Person Tai Tham script Thai script Transliteration Phonemic (IPA) Phonetic (IPA) Meaning

first ᨠᩪ กู๋ kūu /kūː/ [kuː˧] I/me (familiar; informal)

ᩁᩣ ฮา hāa /hāː/ [haː˧] I/me (familiar; informal)

ᨡ᩶ᩣ ข้า kha᷇a /xa᷇ː/ [xaː˥˧] I/me (formal; used by male). Literally "servant, slave".

ᨹᩪ᩶ᨡ᩶ᩣ ผู้ข้า pʰu᷇u kha᷇a /pʰu᷇ː.xa᷇ː/ [pʰuː˥˧.xaː˥˧] I/me (formal)

ᨡ᩶ᩣᨧᩮᩢ᩶ᩣ ข้าเจ้า kha᷇a cha᷇o /xa᷇ː.t͡ɕa᷇w/ [xaː˥˧.t͡ɕaw˥˧] I/me (formal; used by female)

ᩁᩮᩢᩣ เฮา hāo /hāw/ [haw˧] we/us

ᨲᩪ ตู๋ tǔu /tǔː/ [tuː˨˦] we/us (exclusive)

second ᨾᩧ᩠ᨦ มึง mūenɡ /mɯ̄ŋ/ [mɯŋ˧] you (informal, singular)

ᨤᩥ᩠ᨦ ฅิง khīng /xīŋ/ [xiŋ˧] you (informal, singular)

ᨲᩫ᩠ᩅ ตั๋ว tǔa /tǔa/ [tua˨˦] you (familiar, singular)

ᨧᩮᩢ᩶ᩣ เจ้า cha᷇o /t͡ɕa᷇w/ [t͡ɕaw˥˧] you (formal, singular). Literally "master, lord"

ᩈᩪ สู sǔu /sǔː/ [suː˨˦] you (informal, plural or formal, singular)

ᩈᩪᨡᩮᩢᩣ สูเขา sǔu khǎo /sǔː.xǎw/ [suː˨˦.xaw˨˦] you (informal, plural)

ᩈᩪᨧᩮᩢ᩶ᩣ สูเจ้า sǔu cha᷇o /sǔː.t͡ɕa᷇w/ [suː˨˦.t͡ɕaw˥˧] you (formal, plural)

third ᨾᩢ᩠ᨶ มัน mān /mān/ [man˧] he/she/it (informal)

ᨡᩮᩢᩣ เขา khǎo /xǎw/ [xaw˨˦] they/them

ᨻᩮᩥ᩠᩵ᨶ เปิ้น pôen /pɤ̂n/ [pɤn˥˩] he/she (general), others

ᨴ᩵ᩤ᩠ᨶ ต้าน tâan /tâːn/ [taːn˥˩] he/she (formal), you (formal), others

reflexive ᨲᩫ᩠ᩅᨠᩮᩢ᩵ᩣ ตั๋วเก่า tǔa kàw /tǔa.kàw/ [tua˨˦.kaw˨]

Vocabulary[edit] Northern Thai shares much vocabulary with Standard Thai, especially scientific terms, which draw many prefixes and suffixes from Sanskrit and Pali, and it also has its own distinctive words. Just like Thai and Lao, Northern Thai has borrowed many loanwords from Khmer, Sanskrit, and Pali.

word gloss origin

/xɔ̌ːŋ.kǐn/ ᨡᩬᨦᨠᩥ᩠ᨦ ของกิ๋น food native Tai word

/ʔāː.hǎːn/ ᩋᩣᩉᩣ᩠ᩁ อาหาร food Pali
Pali
and/or Sanskrit

/kàm.nɤ̀ːt/ ᨠᩴ᩵ᩣᨶᩮᩥ᩠ᨯ ก่ำเนิด (กำเนิด)[dubious – discuss] birth Khmer

Northern Thai and Standard Thai[edit] The tables below present the differences between Northern Thai and Standard Thai. Different sounds[edit] Unlike Northern Thai, Standard Thai lacks palatal nasal sound (/ɲ/). Thus, the palatal nasal sound (/ɲ/) and the palatal approximant sound (/j/) in Northern Thai both correspond to the palatal approximant sound in Standard Thai:

Standard Thai Northern Thai gloss note

/jâːk/ ยาก /ɲâːk/ ᨿᩣ᩠ᨠ difficult cf. Lao: ຍາກ /ɲâːk/

/jūŋ/ ยุง /ɲūŋ/ ᨿᩩᨦ mosquito cf. Lao: ຍຸງ /ɲúŋ/

/jāːw/ ยาว /ɲāːw/ ᨿᩣ᩠ᩅ long cf. Lao: ຍາວ /ɲáːw/

/jāː/ ยา /jāː/ ᩀᩣ (อยา) medicine cf. Lao: ຢາ /jàː/

/jàːk/ อยาก /jàːk/ ᩀᩣ᩠ᨠ desire cf. Lao: ຢາກ /ja᷅ːk/

/jàːŋ/ อย่าง /jàːŋ/ ᩀ᩵ᩣ᩠ᨦ manner, way cf. Lao: ຢ່າງ /jāːŋ/

Unlike Northern Thai, Standard Thai lacks a high-falling tone ([˥˧]). The high falling tone ([˥˧]) and falling tone ([˥˩]) in Northern Thai both correspond to the falling tone in Standard Thai ([˥˩]).

Standard Thai Northern Thai gloss

/bâːn/ บ้าน /ba᷇ːn/ ᨷ᩶ᩣ᩠ᨶ village, home

/hâː/ ห้า /ha᷇ː/ ᩉ᩶ᩣ five

/t͡ɕâw/ เจ้า /t͡ɕa᷇w/ ᨧᩮᩢ᩶ᩣ master, lord, you

/lâw/ เหล้า /la᷇w/ ᩮᩉ᩠ᩃᩢ᩶ᩣ alcohol

/lâw/ เล่า /lâw/ ᩃᩮᩢ᩵ᩣ tell (a story)

Different words[edit] Many words differ from Standard Thai greatly:

Standard Thai Northern Thai gloss note

/jîː.sìp/ ยี่สิบ /sāːw/ ᨪᩣ᩠ᩅ ซาว twenty cf. Lao: ຊາວ /sáːw/ "twenty" and Shan: သၢဝ်း /sáːw/ "twenty"

/pʰûːt/ พูด /ʔu᷇ː/ ᩋᩪ᩶ อู้ speak

/pʰîː.tɕʰaːj/ พี่ชาย /ʔa᷇ːj/ ᩋ᩶ᩣ᩠ᨿ อ้าย older brother cf. Lao: ອ້າຍ /ʔâːj/ "older brother" and Shan: ဢၢႆႈ /ʔāːj/ "eldest brother, first born son"

/tʰáːj.tʰɔ̄ːj/ ท้ายทอย /ŋɔ̂n/ ᨦ᩵ᩬᩁ ง่อน nape cf. Lao: ງ່ອນ /ŋɔ̄ɔn/ "nape"

/t͡ɕa.mùːk/ จมูก /dāŋ/ ᨯᩢ᩠ᨦ ดัง nose cf. Lao: ດັງ /dàŋ/ "nose", Standard Thai: ดั้ง /dâŋ/ "nasal bridge".

/hâj/ ให้ /hɯ᷇ː/ ᩉᩨ᩶ หื้อ give, let cf. Tai Lü: ᦠᦹᧉ /hɯ᷄/ "to give, to allow"

/tʰām/ ทำ /ɲa᷇ʔ/ ᨿᩡ ญะ do

/dūː/ ดู /pʰɔ̀ː/ ᨹᩴ᩵ᩬ ผ่อ look cf. Lao: ຜໍ່ /pʰɔ̀ː/ "to see, to look" and Tai Lü: ᦕᦸᧈ /pʰɔ̀ː/ "to see, to look"

/tʰîaw/ เที่ยว /ʔɛ̀ːw/ ᩋᩯ᩠᩵ᩅ แอ่ว visit, travel cf. Tai Lü: ᦶᦀᧁᧈ /ʔɛ᷄w/ "to visit, to travel"

/nɯ́a/ เนื้อ /t͡ɕín/ ᨩᩥ᩠᩶ᨶ จิ๊น meat cf. Lao: ຊີ້ນ /sîːn/ "meat"

/mâj/ ไม่ /bɔ̀ː/ ᨷᩴ᩵ บ่อ no cf. Lao: ບໍ່ /bɔ̄ː/ "no, not"

อร่อย ลำ tasty, delicious cf. Lao: ແຊບ /seəb/ "delicious"

/t͡ɕʰɔ̂ːp/ ชอบ /ma᷇k/ ᨾᩢ᩠ᨠ มัก like cf. Lao: ມັກ /māk/ "to like"

/mâːk/ มาก /na᷇k/ ᨶᩢ᩠ᨠ นัก much, many

/dɤ̄ːn/ เดิน /tīaw/ ᨴ᩠ᨿᩅ เตียว walk cf. Tai Lü: ᦵᦑᧁ /têw/ "to walk"

/wîŋ/ วิ่ง /lôn/ ᩃᩫ᩠᩵ᨶ ล่น run

/hǔa.rɔ́ʔ/ หัวเราะ /xâj.hǔa/ ใค่หัว laugh cf. Tai Lü: ᦺᦆᧈᦷᦠ /xāj.hó/ "to laugh"

/sa.nùk/ สนุก /mûan/ ม่วน funny, amusing cf. Lao: ມ່ວນ /mūan/ "fun, amusing, pleasant", Tai Lü: ᦷᦙᦓᧈ /mōn/ "fun, amusing, pleasant", and Shan: မူၼ်ႈ /mōn/ "fun, amusing, pleasant"

/kōː.hòk/ โกหก /t͡ɕúʔ/ จุ๊ lie cf. Tai Lü: ᦈᦳ /t͡su᷄ʔ/ "to lie, to deceive"

/ʔa.rāj/ อะไร /ʔa.ɲǎŋ/ อะหญัง what cf. Lao: ອີ່ຫຍັງ /ʔī.ɲǎŋ/ "what"

/dèk/ เด็ก /la.ʔɔ̀ːn/ ᩃᩡᩋ᩵ᩬᩁ ละอ่อน child cf. Tai Lü: ᦟᦳᧅᦀᦸᧃᧈ /lūk.ʔɔ᷄n/ "child, young offspring"

/pʰráʔ/ พระ /tu᷇.t͡ɕa᷇w/ ᨴᩩᨧᩮᩢ᩶ᩣ ตุ๊เจ้า Buddhist monk cf. Tai Lü: ᦑᦳᦈᧁᧉ /tūʔ.tsa᷅w/ "Buddhist monk"

Similar words[edit] There is not a straightforward correspondence between the tones of Northern and Standard Thai. It also depends on the initial consonant, as can be seen from the merged Gedney tone boxes for Standard Thai and the accent of Chiang Mai:

Ancestral tone: A (unchecked, no tone mark) B (mai ek) DL (checked, long vowel) DS (dead, short vowel) C (mai tho)

Initial Consonant Std Thai CM Thai gloss Std Thai CM Thai gloss Std Thai CM Thai gloss Std Thai CM Thai gloss Std Thai CM Thai gloss

1. High rising low-​rising

low mid-​low

low low

low low-​rising

falling high-​falling

/hǔː/ หู /hǔː/ ᩉᩪ หู ear

2. CM High but Std Mid (= Std Thai ก ต ป) mid low-​rising

/tāː/ ตา /tǎː/ ᨲᩣ ต๋า eye /tàw/ เต่า /tàw/ ᨲᩮᩢ᩵ᩣ เต่า turtle /dɔ̀ːk/ ดอก /dɔ̀ːk/ ᨯᩬᨠ ดอก flower /kʰùt/ ขุด /xǔt/ ᨡᩩᨯ ขุ๋ด dig /bâː/ บ้า /ba᷇ː/ ᨷ᩶ᩤ บ้า mad

3. Mid for Both (= Std Thai ด บ อ อย) mid mid-​high

4. Low /bīn/ บิน /bīn/ ᨷᩥ᩠ᨶ บิน fly falling falling

falling falling

high high-​falling

high high rising-​falling

/mɛ̂ː/ แม่ /mɛ̂ː/ ᨾᩯ᩵ แม่ mother /mîːt/ มีด /mîːt/ ᨾᩦ᩠ᨯ มีด knife /nók/ นก /no᷇k/ ᨶᩫ᩠ᨠ นก bird /máː/ ม้า /máː/ ᨾ᩶ᩣ ม้า horse

Note that the commonalities between columns are features of the Chiang Mai accent. On the other hand, the relationships between rows are typical of Northern Thai, being found for at least for Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai,[11] Phayao,[11] Nan and Prae,[11] and extending at least to Tak[11] and the old 6-tone accent of Tai Khuen,[11] except that the checked syllables of Chiang Rai
Chiang Rai
are more complicated. The primary function of a tone box is etymological. However, it also serves as a summary of the rules for tone indication when the writing system is essentially etymological in that regard, as is the case with the major Tai-language writing systems using the Thai, Lanna, New Tai Lue, Lao and Tai Dam scripts. Some words differ only as a result of the regular tone correspondences:

Standard Thai Northern Thai gloss

/hòk/ หก /hǒk/[12] ᩉᩫ᩠ᨠ ห๋ก six

/t͡ɕèt/ เจ็ด /t͡ɕět/[13] ᨧᩮᩢ᩠ᨯ เจ๋ด seven

/sìp/ สิบ /sǐp/[14] ᩈᩥ᩠ᨷ สิ๋บ ten

/pēn/ เป็น /pěn/ ᨸᩮ᩠ᨶ เป๋น be (copula)

/kīn/ กิน /kǐn/ ᨠᩥ᩠ᨶ กิ๋น eat

Other tone differences are irregular, such as:

Standard Thai Northern Thai gloss

/nɯ̀ŋ/ หนึ่ง /nɯ̂ŋ/ ᨶᩧ᩠᩵ᨦ นึ่ง one

Some words differ in a single sound and associated tone. In many words, the initial ร (/r/) in Standard Thai corresponds to ฮ (/h/) in Northern Thai:

Standard Thai Northern Thai gloss note

/rɔ́ːn/ ร้อน /hɔ́ːn/ ᩁ᩶ᩬᩁ ฮ้อน hot cf. Lao: ຮ້ອນ /hɔ̂ːn/ "to be hot" and Shan: ႁွၼ်ႉ /hɔ̰n/ "to be hot"

/rák/ รัก /ha᷇k/ ᩁᩢ᩠ᨠ ฮัก love cf. Lao: ຮັກ /hāk/ "to love" and Shan: ႁၵ်ႉ /ha̰k/ "to love"

/rúː/ รู้ /húː/ ᩁᩪ᩶ ฮู้ know cf. Lao: ຮູ້ /hûː/ "know" and Shan: ႁူ /hṵ/ "know"

Aspiration of initial consonants[edit] Some aspirated consonants in the low-class consonant group (อักษรต่ำ /ʔàk.sɔ̌ːn.tàm/) in Standard Thai correspond to unaspirated sounds in Northern Thai. These sounds include ค, ช, ท, and พ (/kʰ/, /t͡ɕʰ/, /tʰ/, and /pʰ/ respectively), but sounds such as ฅ, คร, ฆ, ฒ, พร, ภ (/kʰ/, /kʰr/, /kʰ/, /tʰ/, /pʰr/, and /pʰ/ respectively) remain aspirated. Such aspirated consonants that are unaspirated in Northern Thai correspond to unaspirated voiced sounds in Proto-Tai which are *ɡ, *ɟ, *d, and *b (ค, ช, ท, and พ respectively).:

Standard Thai Northern Thai gloss note

/t͡ɕʰiaŋ.rāːj/ เชียงราย /t͡ɕiaŋ.hāːj/ ᨩ᩠ᨿᨦᩁᩣ᩠ᨿ เจียงฮาย Chiang Rai
Chiang Rai
city and province cf. Tai Lü: ᦵᦈᧂᦣᦻ /tsêŋ.hâːj/ "Chiang Rai"

/kʰít/ คิด /kɯ́t/ ᨣᩧ᩠ᨯ กึ๊ด think cf. Tai Lü: ᦅᦹᧆ /kɯ̄t/ "to think"

/t͡ɕʰɔ́ːn/ ช้อน /t͡ɕɔ́ːn/ ᨩ᩶ᩬᩁ จ๊อน spoon cf. Tai Lü: ᦋᦸᧃᧉ /tsɔ̀n/ "spoon"

/t͡ɕʰáj/ ใช้ /t͡ɕáj/ ᨩᩲ᩶ ใจ๊ use cf. Shan: ၸႂ်ႉ /tsa̰ɰ/ "to use", Tai Lü: ᦺᦋᧉ /tsàj/ "to use"

/pʰɔ̂ː/ พ่อ /pɔ̂ː/ ᨻᩴ᩵ᩬ ป้อ father cf. Shan: ပေႃႈ /pɔ̄/ "father", Tai Lü: ᦗᦸᧈ /pɔ̄/ "father"

/tʰāːŋ/ ทาง /tāːŋ/ ᨴᩣ᩠ᨦ ตาง way cf. Shan: တၢင်း /táːŋ/ "way", Tai Lü: ᦑᦱᧂ /tâːŋ/ "way"

But not:

Standard Thai Northern Thai gloss note

/kʰôːt.sa.nāː/ โฆษณา /xôːt.sa.nāː/ โฆษณา commercial, advertisement cf. Tai Lü: ᦷᦆᦉᦓᦱ /xôː.sa.nâː/ "advertisement"

/pʰāː.sǎː/ ภาษา /pʰāː.sǎː/ ภาษา language cf. Tai Lü: ᦘᦱᦉᦱ /pʰâː.sáː/ "nationality"

/wát.tʰa.náʔ.tʰām/ วัฒนธรรม /wa᷇t.tʰa.na᷇ʔ.tʰām/ วัฒนธัมม์ culture cf. Tai Lü: ᦞᧆᦒᦓᦱᦒᧄ /wāt.tʰa.na.tʰâm/ "culture"

/tʰām/ ธรรม /tʰām/ ธัมม์ Dharma cf. Tai Lü: ᦒᧄ /tʰâm/ "Dharma"

Though a number of aspirated consonants in Standard Thai often correspond to unaspirated sounds in Northern Thai, when an unaspirated consonant is followed by ร (/r/) the unaspirated consonant becomes aspirated:

Standard Thai Northern Thai gloss note

/pràʔ.tʰêːt/ ประเทศ /pʰa.têːt/ ᨷᩕᨴᩮ᩠ᩆ ผะเต้ด country cf. Tai Lü: ᦕᦵᦑᧆ /pʰa.te᷄ːt/ "country"

/kràːp/ กราบ /xàːp/ or /kʰàːp/ ᨠᩕᩣ᩠ᨷ ขาบ kowtow, prostrate cf. Tai Lü: ᦃᦱᧇ /xa᷄ːp/ "to prostrate oneself"

/prāː.sàːt/ ปราสาท /pʰǎː.sàːt/ ᨷᩕᩤᩈᩣ᩠ᨴ ผาสาท palace cf. Tai Lü: ᦕᦱᦉᦱᧆ /pʰáː.sa᷄ːt/ "palace"

Notes[edit]

^ Northern Thai at Ethnologue
Ethnologue
(18th ed., 2015) ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Northern Thai". Glottolog
Glottolog
3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.  ^ Natnapang 2004, Section 3.5.6 The changing pronunciation of the Lanna script and Kammuang As with all languages, the pronunciation of the written and spoken forms changes over time. This is another problem that Kam Muang speakers may have when they learn to write the Lanna script. These changes occur in only some words, and there are no readily apparent rules to explain the changes.... ^ Rungruengsi 2004, pp. ณ-ด ^ Natnapang 2004, Section 3.5.2 Initial consonant clusters in the Lanna script ^ Rungrueangsi 2004, p. 307, but not listed by Natnapang ^ Tingsabadh & Abramson (1993:25) ^ Hundius, Harald. Phonologie und Schrift des Nordthai. Marburg: Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft ;, 1990. Print. ^ Gedney, William J., and Thomas J. Hudak. William J. Gedney's Tai Dialect Studies: Glossaries, Texts, and Translations. Ann Arbor, MI: Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies, The University of Michigan, 1997. Print. ^ a b Rungrueangsi 2004, p. ฉ ^ a b c d e Li, Fang Kuei (1977). A Handbook of Comparative Tai. Oceanic Linguistics Special
Special
Publications. 15. The University Press of Hawaii. pp. 46, 52. ISBN 0-8248-0540-2.  ^ Rungrueangsi 2004, pp. ฉ, ช & 769 ^ Rungrueangsi 2004, pp. ฉ, ช & 199 ^ Rungrueangsi 2004, pp. ฉ, ช & 746

References[edit]

Khamjan, Mala (2008). Kham Mueang Dictionary พจนานุกรมคำเมือง [Photchananukrom Kham Mueang] (in Thai). Chiang Mai: Bookworm. ISBN 978-974-8418-55-1.  Natnapang Burutphakdee (October 2004). Khon Muang Neu Kap Phasa Muang [Attitudes of Northern Thai Youth towards Kammuang and the Lanna Script] (PDF) (M.A. Thesis). Presented at 4th National Symposium on Graduate Research, Chiang Mai, Thailand, August 10–11, 2004. Asst. Prof. Dr. Kirk R. Person, adviser. Chiang Mai: Payap University. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-06-09. Retrieved June 8, 2013.  Rungrueangsi, Udom (ศาสตราจารย์ ดร.อุดม รุ่งเรืองศรี) (2004) [1991]. Lanna-Thai Dictionary, Princess Mother Version พจนานุกรมล้านนา ~ ไทย ฉบับแม่ฟ้าหลวง [Photchananukrom Lanna ~ Thai, Chabap Maefa Luang] (in Thai) (Revision 1 ed.). Chiang Mai: Rongphim Ming Mueang (โรงพิมพ์มิ่งเมือง). ISBN 974-8359-03-4. 

Further reading[edit]

Bilmes, J. (1996). Problems And Resources In Analyzing Northern Thai Conversation For English Language Readers. Journal of Pragmatics, 26(2), 171-188. Davis, R. (1970). A Northern Thai reader. Bangkok: Siam Society. Filbeck, D. (1973). Pronouns in Northern Thai. Anthropological Linguistics, 15(8), 345-361. Herington, Jennifer, Margaret Potter, Amy Ryan and Jennifer Simmons (2013). Sociolinguistic Survey of Northern Thai. SIL Electronic Survey Reports. Howard, K. M. (2009). “When Meeting Khun Teacher, Each Time We Should Pay Respect”: Standardizing Respect In A Northern Thai Classroom. Linguistics and Education, 20(3), 254-272. Khankasikam, K. (2012). Printed Lanna character recognition by using conway's game of life. In ICDIM (pp. 104–109). Pankhuenkhat, R. (1982). The Phonology of the Lanna Language:(a Northern Thai Dialect). Institute of Language and Culture for Rural Development, Mahidol University. Strecker, D. (1979). "A preliminary typology of tone shapes and tonal sound changes in Tai: the La-n N-a A-tones", in Studies in Tai and Mon-Khmer Phonetics and Phonology In Honour of Eugénie J.A. Henderson, ed. T.L. Thongkum et al., pp. 171–240. Chulalongkorn University Press. Wangsai, Piyawat. (2007). A Comparative Study of Phonological Yong and Northern Thai Language (Kammuang). M.A. thesis. Kasetsart University.

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