Monday, February 15, 2010

Tai Tham: Consonants


The Joker's Dharma said...

So would the tone rules for these three consonant groups remain the same as for their corresponding Thai counterparts?

Alif Silpachai said...

Hi, thank you for reminding. I've just added a grid that shows how tones work in the Chiang Mai dialect.
Overall the tone system works quite similar to that of the Standard Thai, but Standard Thai doesn't have a high falling tone(a falling tone is used instead). Also, in a short closed syllable, high and mid consonants can only generate a low-rising tone whereas in Standard Thai, a low tone is used instead.
Because some consonant sounds are different from those of Standard Thai, they are grouped differently too,which affects how Northern Thai and Standard Thai differ in the tones across words.