The Comparison of the Switched Syllable Words in Standard Thai and Northern Thai Dialect

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Rathchataphol Chaikiattitham

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This article aimed to present the results of the comparison of the switched syllable words between standard Thai and northern Thai dialect which are different orthography. Seven categories of the orthography are identified: 1) false cluster consonants, 2) relative initial consonants, 3) vowels, 4) final consonants, 5) vowels and final consonants, 6) falling tone homophonic words, and 7) foreign language words. These categories create either phonological similarities or differences comparing with orthography, however the lexical semantics remains the same. Therefore, Thai language users should learn the similarities and differences between the switched syllable words in standard Thai and northern Thai dialect aiming to achieve effective communication.

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