Tai Muong Vat language
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Tai Muong Vat (Vietnamese: Tày Mường Vạt) is a Southwestern Tai language spoken in Yên Châu District, Sơn La Province, northwestern Vietnam. Tai Muong Vat is described in Theraphan Luang-Thongkum (2003). Theraphan's (2003) Tai Muong Vat data was collected in the following 2 villages.
- Bản Phat, Tú Nang Commune, Yên Châu District, Sơn La Province, Vietnam
- Bản Coc Lac, Chiềng Pằn Commune, Yên Châu District, Sơn La Province, Vietnam
Theraphan (2003) points out that Tai Muong Vat is not the same as the Tai Dam (Black Thai) language, even though the Tai Muong Vat are surrounded by Tai Dam speakers in Yên Châu District, Vietnam. This was first noted by Chamberlain (1984), who suggests that it may be more closely related to the Tai Neua variety of Xieng Kho, Laos than to Tai Dam of Son La, Vietnam. Tai Dam is the dominant language in Yên Châu, while Ksingmul, a Khmuic language, is also spoken in both Yên Châu and Xieng Kho. As a result, the Tai Muong Vat and Ksingmul share many cultural customs with the Tai Dam, and have similar ethnic dress as well (Theraphan 2003).
|Gloss||Tai Muong Vat||Old Black Tai|
|to shoot||ɲiŋ A2||*bɛn B1|
|to crave for||zaak DL1||*ʔɛ B1|
|cheap||hɛ A1||*tʰuʔ D1|
|gun||tʰuŋ B1||*ʔoŋ B1|
|to practice||tʰɤp DS2||*ʔɛp D1|
|spear||caw B1||*hɔʔ D1|
|soaking wet||mɯk DS1||*cɯm A2|
|small basket||sa-lɔ C1||*sɔŋ C1|
|to fan||pʰɤŋ A2||*vi ~ bi A2|
|dip-net||viŋ A1||*ka-sa A1|
- Chamberlain, James R. 1984. "The Tai dialects of Khammouan province: their diversity and origins". Science of language, 4:62-95.
- Theraphan L-Thongkum. 2003. "The Tai Muong Vat do not Speak the Black Tai Language". In Manusya: Journal of Humanities, Special Issue 6, 74-86. Bangkok: Chulalongkorn University Press.