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A language family including the Tai subfamily and other languages of southern China and Southeast Asia.

[Tai + Kadai (coined from ka-, prefix in Laqua (Tai-Kadai language of Vietnam and southern China) kădăŭ and Gelao (Tai-Kadai language of Vietnam and southern China) kǎtsü, man, human being + Dai).]

Tai-Ka′dai′ adj.
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It is a member of the Tai group of the Tai-Kadai language family.
2) As a result, the Tai-Kadai group became the ethnic majority, while the others were the ethnic minorities.
First, with regard to the majority, the Tai-Kadai group (formerly the Lao Loum) began migrating into present day northern Laos in the ninth century and created the Kingdom of Lane Xang in 1353 (ADB, 2000:141).
These two socially and culturally close ethnic groups belong to the Tai-Kadai linguistic family.
The Tai-Kadai Languages [London: Routledge, 2008], 389-92), who recorded the pronunciation of initial consonants in a 1300-word list read by a twenty-three-year-old student, compared with their pronunciation thirty years before by a forty-five-year-old teacher.
Linguists will find much of interest in studies of how a newly literate ethnic group (the Prai) develop literacy practices (Frederick Diller), how language loss occurs in expatriate Lao speakers (Eric Brown), and how numeral classifiers can be compared across Tai-Kadai languages (Somsonge Burusphat).
Tai-Kadai anthropods: A preliminary biolinguistic investigation.
Coverage includes an introduction to the current state of research, debate and speculation about Tai-Kadai's ultimate linkages; overviews and resources relating to the Tai languages; discussion of some special Tai features often overlooked in standard treatments but of linguistic interest; chapters dealing with aspects of diachronic change and grammaticalization, of particular relevance as linguistic theory confronts languages of the Tai-Kadai type; and information on the little-described Kam-Sui languages.
According to Ferlus, the Tai-Kadai etymon *k(e)ri: 'human being' would have yielded the ethnonyms Thai/Tai, li [?
However, SVCs are also to be found in HmongMien, Mon-Khmer, Sino-Tibetan, Tai-Kadai, Papuan, Austronesian, Semitic and Central-American languages as well as in Japanese.
But the same Chinese scholars and artists who produced the Miao albums for the purpose of entertaining Manchu emperors did also classify as Miao all kinds of other people like the Yao or the various tai-kadai ethnic groups of Guizhou and Guangxi; Miao was a kind of vague category, something like "aborigine" which was used to classify all strange and backward looking non Han people in Southern China.
So far, most research on serial verbs and serial verb constructions (henceforth abbreviated as SVC) has been done on African languages and on pidgins and creoles; however, SVCs are also to be found in Hmong-Mien, Mon-Khmer, Sino-Tibetan, Tai-Kadai, Papuan, Austronesian, Semitic, and Central-American languages as well as in Japanese.