Wednesday, September 29, 2010

De-Indicization: phaasàá (ภาษา), pràthêit (ประเทศ)

De-Indicization is a process in which words of Indic origins are removed.

Word: phaasàá (ภาษา) "language"
Origin: Sanskrit bhāṣā "language"
Thai replacement: kham (คำ)

Ex: rao phûud khamThai.
"we speak Thai."

Word: pràthêit (ประเทศ) "country"
Origin: Sanskrit pradeśa country"
Thai replacement: mueang (เมือง)

Ex: thœ maa càak mueangLao.
"She's from Laos."

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