Shan Language

   A member of the Tai-Kadai group of languages. It is monosyllabic and tonal, the number of tones more complex than the Burmese (Myanmar) language of the Sino-Tibetan group. The same combination of consonants and vowels, pronounced with different tones, has different meanings. Most speakers live in Shan State, with other speakers in Kachin State, Kayah (Karenni) State, and Burma Proper. The Shan language and those of Thailand and Laos are closely related; important dialects include those of the Tai Khun of Keng Tung and the Hkamti Shan in Kachin State. The Shan script has been influenced by the Burmese writing system.

Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). . 2014.

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