Tai Loi language

Tai Loi
Mong Lue
Native to Burma, Laos
Native speakers
5,000 (1995–2008)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 tlq
Glottolog tail1246[2]

Tai Loi, also known as Mong Lue, refers to various Palaungic languages spoken mainly in Burma, with a few hundred in Laos and some also in China. Hall (2017) reports that Tai Loi is a cover term meaning 'mountain Tai' in Shan, and refers to various Angkuic, Waic, and Western Palaungic languages rather than a single language or branch. The Shan exonym Tai Loi can refer to:

Additionally, Ethnologue (21st edition)[3], citing Schliesinger (2003), lists Doi as a Tai Loi variety in Ban Muang, Sing District, Luang Namtha Province, Laos as a nearly extinct language variety spoken by an ethnic group comprising 600 people and 80 households as of 2003. Schliesinger (2003) reports that elderly Doi speakers can understand the Samtao language.[4]


  1. Tai Loi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Tai Loi". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. https://www.ethnologue.com/country/LA/languages
  4. Schliesinger, Joachim. 2003. Ethnic Groups of Laos. Vol. 2: Austro-Asiatic-Speaking Peoples. Bangkok: White Lotus Press.

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