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Thai

A language of Thailand

ISO 639-3tha

Population  20,200,000 in Thailand (2000). 400,000 Khorat (1984). 4,704,000 mother-tongue Thai are ethnic Chinese, or 80% of the Chinese (1984). Population total all countries: 20,362,390.
Region  Central, centered in Bangkok. Khorat in Ratchasima. Also in Canada, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, United States.
Language maps  Northern Thailand, reference number 52
Northern Thailand, reference number 52
Southern Thailand, reference number 52
Alternate names   Central Tai, Siamese, Standard Thai, Thaiklang
Dialects  Khorat Thai (Korat, Thaikorat).
Classification  Tai-Kadai, Kam-Tai, Be-Tai, Tai-Sek, Tai, Southwestern, East Central, Chiang Saeng
Language use  Official language of the country, medium of education, and most mass communication. 40,000,000 L2 speakers in Thailand (2001 A. Diller).
Language development  Fully developed. Bible: 1883–2000.
Writing system  Thai script.
Comments  People sometimes called ‘Siamese’. SVO. Buddhist, Christian.