The Tai-Kadai Languages
Edited by Anthony Diller, Jerry Edmondson, Yongxian Luo
Routledge – 2008 – 688 pages
Series: Routledge Language Family Series
The Routledge Language Family Series is aimed at undergraduates and postgraduates of linguistics and language, or those with an interest in historical linguistics, linguistics anthropology and language development.
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.
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.