The Mon-Khmer Studies Journal
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home of the Mon-Khmer Studies Journal. Founded in 1964, the MKS Journal
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MON-KHMER STUDIES is a journal
devoted to the study of Southeast Asian languages and cultures, especially
those of the Mon-Khmer family. The journal is produced annually, and welcomes
articles or notes on any aspect of Mon-Khmer languages and cultures, as well
as other Southeast Asian cultures, languages, and language families.
Topics may include linguistic description, cultural description,
comparison, bibliography, historical development,
sociolinguistics, stylistics, orthography, and paleography.
Current Issue: Volume 42 (2013)
Volume 42 Editors: Paul Sidwell and Brian Migliazza
The Ta'oi Language and People (MKSJ:42.i-xiii)
This paper provides a review on the linguistic and cultural background of the
Ta'oi people in Laos and Vietnam from the available literature. Starting with an
overview of the geographic location, historical and cultural context and
linguistic nature, the paper pays special attention to the confusing amount of
ethnonyms and glossonyms referring to these people and their language.
Keywords: Ta'oi culture, glossonyms
ISO 639-3: tth, tto
NAGARAJA, K.S., SIDWELL, Paul, and GREENHILL, Simon
A Lexicostatistical Study of the Khasian Languages: Khasi, Pnar, Lyngngam, and War (MKSJ:42.1-11)
This paper presents the results of lexicostatistical, glottochronological, and
Bayesian phylogenetic analyses of a 200 word data set for Standard Khasi,
Lyngngam, Pnar and War. ...
The present analysis
supports both the strong identity of Khasian as a unitary branch, with an
internally nested branching structure that fits neatly with known historical,
geographical and linguistic facts. Additionally, lexically based dating methods
suggest that the internal diversification of Khasian began roughly between 1500
and 2000 years ago.
Keywords: Lexicostatistics, Bayesian phylogenetics, language classification
ISO 639-3: kha, lyg, pvb, aml
A Description of Kmhmu' Lao Script-Based Orthography (MKSJ:42.12-25)
Kmhmu' is a Mon-Khmer language; it is usually grouped into Northern, Western, and Southern
dialect categories (Svantesson 1989).
The Southern dialect orthography uses a Lao-based script that was refined by
Suksavang and Preisig (Suksavang et al 1994).
This paper explains how the Lao script is used and/or adapted to
represent Southern Kmhmu' phonemes, presents orthographic conventions for writing
words of various structural types, and summarizes teaching/learning experiences
observed in mother-tongue Kmhmu' speakers.
Keywords: Austroasiatic, orthography, sesquisyllables
ISO 639-3: kjg
Publication note: As of Vol. 41 (2012) the Mon-Khmer Studies Journal has moved to
continuous on-line publication.
Peer review, yearly volume numbering, and continuous pagination will be maintained, but articles will be made available
on line as soon as they complete the submission/referee/acceptance/revision process.
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In Memoriam: a tribute to MKS Journal founding editor David Thomas (1930-2006).
ILCRD Mahidol University at Salaya
Salaya, Nakhorn Pathom 73170 Thailand
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