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Tai identity in Myanmar and beyond


Jenny, Mathias. Tai identity in Myanmar and beyond. In: IIAS The Newsletter, 75, 2016, p.32-33.

Abstract

The Shan of northern Myanmar speak a language of the Tai-Kadai family found from southern China, across Mainland Southeast Asia, through northern Myanmar and into Northeast India. Names connected with the Shan give us some insight into the historical range and connections between speakers of Shan and its relatives. ‘Shan’ itself is a Burmese name related to the old name for Thailand, ‘Siam’, and the second syllable in the name Assam of Northeast India and the ‘Ahom’, a Tai-speaking people after whom Assam is ultimately named. The Shans call themselves ‘Tai’, as do speakers of many related languages.

Abstract

The Shan of northern Myanmar speak a language of the Tai-Kadai family found from southern China, across Mainland Southeast Asia, through northern Myanmar and into Northeast India. Names connected with the Shan give us some insight into the historical range and connections between speakers of Shan and its relatives. ‘Shan’ itself is a Burmese name related to the old name for Thailand, ‘Siam’, and the second syllable in the name Assam of Northeast India and the ‘Ahom’, a Tai-speaking people after whom Assam is ultimately named. The Shans call themselves ‘Tai’, as do speakers of many related languages.

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Item Type:Newspaper Article
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Comparative Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
890 Other literatures
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Date:2016
Deposited On:27 Oct 2016 14:01
Last Modified:22 Nov 2017 20:17
Publisher:International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS)
Funders:SNF
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://iias.asia/the-newsletter/newsletter-75-autumn-2016

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