Dai
RegionBurma
EthnicityDai Chin
Native speakers
37,000 (2010)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3dao
Glottologdaai1236

Daai (Daai Chin), which borders the Mün and Ütbü language groups, is a Kuki-Chin-Mizo language of Burma. It is spoken in 142 villages in Kanpetlet, Matupi, Mindat, and Paletwa townships in Chin State, Burma (Ethnologue).

Dialects

Ethnologue lists the following dialects of Dai Chin.

Phonology

Consonants

Daai has twenty-four consonant phonemes.

Bilabial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Nasals m n ŋ̊ ŋ
Plosives p b t d k ʔ
Fricatives s x ɣ h
Lateral Fricatives ɬ
Approximants w l j

Vowels

Daai has seven vowel phonemes, each with a phonemic length contrast.

  Front Central Back
Unrounded Rounded
High i ɯ ɯː u
Mid ɛ ɛː ə əː ɔ ɔː
Low a

Grammar

Daai is an isolating or analytic language. There is no inflectional morphology at the word level; case, number, and tense are marked by clitics.

Examples

Daai English
mthan night
mpyong mouth
kpyak to destroy
pha to arrive
Nghngaai-ktheih hmin lokti. The mango fruits became ripe.
Mat jah mata i:ma am ngleh-ei ni. They did not visit each other's houses.

References

  1. ^ Dai at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)