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Old 13th June 2011, 09:34 PM
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Re: number of Thai speakers

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Originally Posted by squirrel View Post
ok, thanks I get it - never quite understood why wikipedia was so off. One more question, do most of these local dialects use the same script as "standard" Thai or do some use Lao script or something else ?
Historically, people in Isan (Northeastern Thailand) used the Lao script as their spoken language is almost identical to the Lao language but for decades now they have been using the Thai script as the Thai government basically disallowed other scripts in the name of national unity. Similar story with the Northern Thais who used to use a different script. Many Chinese who immigrated to Thailand don't speak Chinese for the same reason, ie it was banned from being used in any school.

Only in recent years did the Thai government relax their language restriction policy and are allowing other languages to be used in schools legally, but these are mostly private schools with high fees and mainly attended by expat/more well off kids. Public schools are still taught in standard Thai as the primary language.

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