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Native Name

Total Speakers
4,000,000 (1991)

Usage By Country
Official Language: Laos Home Speakers: Thailand

Lao is the official language of Laos. Like Thai, to which it is closely related, it is a member of the Tai subgroup of the Sino-Tibetan family of languages. Lao is spoken by about 4 million people. Its script was adopted from that of the Mons, the earliest civilized people of Burma.

Received 6/10/1998
Posted 11/16/1998
Checked 11/16/1998