Diglossia and identity in Northeast Thailand: Linguistic, social, and political hierarchy

  title={Diglossia and identity in Northeast Thailand: Linguistic, social, and political hierarchy},
  author={Saowanee T. Alexander and Duncan McCargo},
  journal={Journal of Sociolinguistics},
The paper explores diglossic relations between Central Thai and phasa isan, a variety officially known as a dialect of Thai, but linguistically close to Lao. Phasa isan is spoken by almost one-third of Thailand's population but its speakers in the Northeast are often stigmatized as uneducated and backward. We conducted field research mainly among university students in Ubon Ratchathani, a northeastern border province, by drawing upon data from survey questionnaires, reflective essays… 
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