Chinese and Thai
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Thai (the official language of Thailand, also known as Siamese) has a long and complex history of linguistic interaction with Chinese, including several layers of borrowing of Chinese vocabulary resulting from various kinds of language contact and population movements. It is safe to say that Chinese and Thai have been in intense contact for many centuries. Ancestors of Chinese and Thai people have been interacting with each other since ancient times, well before what is recorded in the earliest …

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Yongxian LUO, “Chinese and Thai”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 27 April 2017 <>
First published online: 2015

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