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Tai-Kadai Language Family

All members of the Tai-Kadai (also known as Kadai or Kam-Tai) language family evolved from an ancestral language called Proto-Tai which is thought to have originated in the area between northern Vietnam and southeastern China. Some 2,000 years ago, speakers of the Tai languages moved southward into Southeast Asia. Today, languages belonging to the Tai-Kadai language family are spoken ...Full Article


Thai (also known as Central Tai, Siamese, Standard Thai, Thaiklang) is a member of the Southwestern branch of the Tai-Kadai language family.The word thai means ‘free’ in the Thai language. Its closest relatives are Lao, Shan, and Southern ...Full Article


Lao, also known as Laotian, is a member of the Tai-Kadai language family. It is spoken by  3 million people in Laos and in the northeastern part of Thailand. Lao is ...Full Article