Northern Thai languages


Northern Thai languages

The Northern Thai language, also known as Kham Muang, is a Tai language spoken in northern Thailand, particularly in the former Lanna Kingdom. The writing system used for Northern Thai is based on the Thai script, which is an abugida similar to the Lanna script.

Today, the Northern Thai script is primarily used for informal communication, such as in personal letters, social media, and text messages. It is also used in some literary works, including poetry and folktales. However, the use of the Northern Thai script is not as widespread as the standard Thai script, which is used for official documents, newspapers, and other formal communication.

The Lanna Kingdom was a state in northern Thailand that existed from the 13th to the 18th centuries. The language used in the Lanna Kingdom was a variant of the Tai language family, and the writing system used was a script called "Lanna," also known as "Tai Tham" or "Tham."

The Lanna script is an abugida, meaning that each consonant has an inherent vowel sound, which can be modified by diacritic marks to indicate other vowel sounds. The script is written from left to right, with no spaces between words. It is similar to the scripts used in other Tai-speaking regions, such as the Tai Lue and Tai Dam scripts.

Lanna script was primarily used for religious texts, including Buddhist manuscripts and inscriptions, as well as for official documents and literary works. It was also used for everyday communication among the people of the Lanna Kingdom.

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