Saek language

Saek language

Saek is a Tai-Kadai language spoken in several villages in Laos, and in at least three villages in Nakhon Phanom Province in northeast Thailand, just across the Mekong river. It is spoken by the Saek people.

Two of these villages are "Ban Asamat" and "Ban Phai Lom," located just off the main river road a few kilometers north of Nakhon Phanom city. Another is Ban Ba Wa Saek, located further upriver, but inland a few kilometers. However, except for the older generation, the Saek language is all but disappearing as there is a strong tendency for younger generations to use the local trade language Lao/Isan, and/or the official Central Thai language as they are assimilated into mainstream Thai society.

Further reading

  • Gedney, W. J. (1993). William J. Gedney's the Saek language: glossary, texts, and translations. Michigan papers on South and Southeast Asia, no. 41. []: Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Michigan. ISBN 0891480730

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