Gérard Diffloth

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Gérard Diffloth (born in Châteauroux, France, 1939) is a retired linguistics professor, formerly of the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, and Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. He received his Ph.D. from UCLA, after a dissertation on the Irula language. Diffloth is a leading specialist in the Austroasiatic languages. He is an advocate of immersion fieldwork for linguistic research.[1]

Diffloth is known for his widely cited 1974 and 2005 classification of the Austroasiatic languages.

He is a Consulting Editor of the Mon–Khmer Studies Journal.[1]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Diffloth, Gérard. A History of the Khmer Language. [in preparation].
  • Diffloth, Gérard. The Dvaravati Old Mon Language and Nyah Kur. Monic language studies, vol. 1. Bangkok, Thailand: Chulalongkorn University Print. House, 1984. ISBN 974-563-783-1
  • Diffloth, Gérard. The Wa languages. Berkeley : Dept. of Linguistics, University of California, 1980.
  • Diffloth, Gérard. An Appraisal of Benedict's Views on Austroasiatic and Austro-Thai Relations. Kyoto: Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, 1976.
  • Diffloth, Gérard, and Zide, Norman H. Austroasiatic Number Systems. 1976.
  • Diffloth, Gérard. Proto-Mon–Khmer Final Spirants. Kyoto: Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, 1976.
  • Diffloth, Gérard. The Irula Language, a Close Relative of Tamil. Thesis—University of California, Los Angeles, 1968.


  1. ^ Diffloth, Gérard. 2001. Les expressifs de Surin, et où cela conduit. Bulletin de l’Ecole française d’Extrême-Orient 88(1). 261–269. doi:10.3406/befeo.2001.3516. Page 262