Lao leid

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Lao
ພາສາລາວ phasa lao
Pronunciation pʰáːsǎː láːw
Spoken natively in Thailand, Laos, Cambodie
Native speakers 20–25 million  (2004)
(3 million in Laos)
Leid faimlie
Tai–Kadai
Writin seestem

Lao script in Laos

Thai script amang Isan in Thailand
Offeecial status
Offeecial leid in Laos Laos
Leid codes
ISO 639-1 lo
ISO 639-2 lao
ISO 639-3 Variously:
lao – Laotian Lao
tts – Isan (Thailand Lao)
phu – Phuan Lao

Lao or Laotian (BGN/PCGN: phasa lao, IPA: [pʰáːsǎːláːw]) is a tonal leid o the Kradai leid family. It is the offeecial leid o Laos, an an' a' spaken in the northeast o Thailand, whaur it is uisually referred tae as the Isan leid. Being the primary leid o the Lao fowk, Lao is an aa an important seicont leid for the multitude o ethnic groups in Laos an in Isan. Lao, like aw leids in Laos, is written in an abugida script. Although there is nae offeecial staundart, the Vientiane dialect haes become the de facto staundart.