loudly, from the sum of many small noises
Dai Lue, or Lü – 300,000 speakers, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, China
ᦺᦢᦺᦙᧉ ᦶᦓᧃ ᦙᦱ ᦌᦱᧁᧉᦌᦱᧁᧉ
baj˥ma̰j˩ næn˩ maa˩ sa̰a̰w˩sa̰a̰w˩
leaf make.sound cont loudly
The leaves were rustling “saaw-saaw.”
ᦷᦂᧇ ᦵᦃᧆᧈ ᦔᦲᧃ ᦶᦉᧃ ᦣᦸᧂᧉ ᦌᦱᧁᧉᦌᦱᧁᧉ
kop˦˥ xeet˦˥ pin˥ sæn˥ hɔ̰ŋ˩ sa̰a̰w˩sa̰a̰w˩
frog frog be 100,000 cry loudly
Frogs by the millions were croaking “saaw-saaw.”
Dai Lue is spoken in China, Burma, Laos and Thailand. Dai Lue belongs to the Kra-Dai family, a family that includes Thai and Lao. It is written using the New Tai Lue alphabet, which is similar to the Thai and Lao scripts.
Dai Lue has six tones: ˥ high, ˦ high rising, ˨˧ low rising with creak, ˩ low tone, ˧ falling tone, ˩ low tone with creak. Here are some minimal sets that demonstrate the distinctiveness of the tones.
˥ ᦎᧁ taw˥ fireplace ᦉᦱᧁ saaw˥ young woman
˦ ᦎᧁᧈ taw˦˥ turtle ᦉᦱᧁᧈ saaw˦˥ to add ingredients while stir-frying
˨ ᦎᧁᧉ ta̰w˨˧ gourd ᦉᦱᧁᧉ sa̰a̰w˨˧ feed-trough
˩ ᦑᧁ taw˩ seaweed ᦌᦱᧁ saaw˩ twenty
˧ ᦑᧁᧈ taw˦˧ to equal ᦌᦱᧁᧈ saaw˦˧ –
˩ ᦑᧁᧉ ta̰w˩ to support ᦌᦱᧁᧉ sa̰a̰w˩ loudly, from the sum of many small noises
The online Dai Lue-English Dictionary has more information about
all aspects of Dai Lue sounds, grammar, writing system, and vocabulary.
Source: William Hanna