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From Ancient Thai to Modern Dialects
ISBN :   9789748495071
WL Order Code :    E20886
Price :    Euro17.00
Print :   Bangkok 2007, repr. from 1985;
Size :   270 pp., 11 folded charts, 150 x 210 mm pbk. Weight  0.440 kg
  Brown, J. Marvin

From Ancient Thai to Modern Dialects

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Standard comparative studies usually stop with phoneme correspondence lists, which illustrate neither the phonological system of the languages not the systematic nature of the changes. In this book, “transformation charts” of modern phonemes in the ancient arrangement reveal both of the above mentioned at a glance. A comparison of a dialects transformation chart with a chart of ancient Thai shows the systematic changes, while the dialects phonological chart insures the correct interpretation of the phonemic symbols. These charts, together with a map and a family tree (on fold-out sheets for simultaneous inspection), give a complete view of the phonological history of sixty Thai dialects. For the Thai linguist: a unique wealth of information. For the historical linguist: an ingenious methodology. For the phonologist: a powerful phonological theory. And, for the traveler in Thailand: a guide for converting central Thai words into the local pronunciation of nearly every part of the Kingdom. The book also includes other Writings on Historical Thai Linguistics. In addition, this reprint offers five more articles by Dr Brown on historical Thai linguistics that will help the reader understand the main book. A short article on Dr Brown’s “Control Phonology”, which appears here for the first time, is of special significance. This is the key to understanding all of Dr Brown’s work which was too far ahead of its time to be published when it was written in 1965. The gap has now been narrowed.

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