The Tai-Kadai Languages

Edited by Anthony Diller, Jerry Edmondson, Yongxian Luo

© 2012 – Routledge

684 pages

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About the Book

With close to 100 million speakers, Tai-Kadai constitutes one of the world's major language families. The Tai-Kadai Languages provides a unique, comprehensive, single-volume tome covering much needed grammatical descriptions in the area.

It presents an important overview of Thai that includes extensive cross-referencing to other sections of the volume and sign-posting to sources in the bibliography. The volume also includes much new material on Lao and other Tai-Kadai languages, several of which are described here for the first time.

Much-needed and highly useful, The Tai-Kadai Languages is a key work for professionals and students in linguistics, as well as anthropologists and area studies specialists.

ANTHONY V. N. DILLER is Foundation Director of the National Thai Studies Centre, at the Australian National University.

JEROLD A. EDMONDSON is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Texas Arlington and a member of the Academy of Distinguished Scholars.

YONGXIAN LUO is Senior Lecturer in the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne and a member of the Australian Linguistic Society.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Overview Chapters Part 2: Tai Languages: Overviews and Resources Part 3: Tai Languages: Special Topics Part 4: Grammaticalization and Historical Syntax Part 5: Kam-Sui Languages Part 6: Hlai (Li) and Kra (Kadai) Languages.

About the Editors

Anthony V. N. Diller is Foundation Director of the National Thai Studies Centre, at the Australian National University.

Jerold A. Edmondson is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Texas Arlington and a member of the Academy of Distinguished Scholars.

Yongxian Luo is Senior Lecturer in the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne and a member of the Australian Linguistic Society.

About the Series

Routledge Language Family Series

Each volume in this series contains an in-depth account of the members of some of the world's most important language families. Written by experts in each language, these accessible accounts provide detailed linguistic analysis and description. The contents are carefully structured to cover the natural system of classification: phonology, morphology, syntax, lexis, semantics, dialectology, and sociolinguistics.

Every volume contains extensive bibliographies for each language, a detailed index and tables, and maps and examples from the languages to demonstrate the linguistic features being described. The consistent format allows comparative study, not only between the languages in each volume, but also across all the volumes in the series.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAN000000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General