Jerold A. Edmondson

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Jerold Alan Edmondson (1941) (Chinese name: 艾杰瑞 Aì Jiéruì) is an American linguist who earned his PhD in Germanic Languages from UCLA in 1973 and a Habilitation in General Linguistics from the Technical University Berlin in 1979. He was an Assistant Professor of English and General Linguistics at the Technical University Berlin from 1976-1980. He joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Arlington in 1981 and went on to attain the rank of Professor, becoming a Professor Emeritus in 2011. As founding director of the Program in Linguistics from 1991-1999, he shepherded its growth into the current Department of Linguistics and TESOL. Edmondson earned many accolades while at UT Arlington, including the Outstanding Research Award, the Distinguished Record of Research Award,[1] the Alicia Wilkerson Smotherman Faculty Award[2][3] and induction into the Academy of Distinguished Scholars.[4] In 2012, he established the Jerold A. Edmondson Research Endowment in Linguistics, proceeds of which generate research grants for students at UTA, with a priority given to projects focusing on field linguistics and endangered languages.[5]

Edmondson's work spans four subdisciplines in linguistics: historical and comparative linguistics, Asian linguistics, field linguistics, and phonetics. He is a leading specialist in Tai–Kadai languages, especially the Kam–Sui and Kra branches. He was one of the researchers who discovered the En language during a linguistic field expedition in the late 1990s. He tracked down two previously undocumented languages, Xa Pho and Nung Ven, in northern Viet Nam.[6] Edmondson has performed field investigations of many Southeast Asian languages such as various Loloish languages, Bai, Kháng, and Pa-Hng, as well as languages spoken on other continents, such as Triqui and Dinka.

Selected Publications[edit]

J.A. Edmondson and J.H. Esling. 2006. “The valves of the throat and their functioning in tone, vocal register and stress: laryngoscopic case studies” Phonology 23(2):157-191.

W.R. Merrifield and J.A.Edmondson. 1999. "Palantla Chinantec: Phonetic experiments on nasalization, stress, and tone," International journal of American linguistics 65(3): 303-323.

V.L. Nguyen and J.A. Edmondson. 1998. “Tones and voice quality in modern northern Viemamese: Instrumental case studies,” Mon-khmer Studies.

J.A.Edmondson, D.B. Solnit. 1997. Comparative Kadai: the Tai branch. SIL.

J.A.Edmondson and K.J. Gregerson. 1993. “Western Cham as a register language,” Oceanic Linguistics Special Publication, No. 24, Tonality in Austronesian Languages, pp. 61–74.


  1. ^ "University of Texas At Arlington Awards" (PDF). Retrieved March 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ "UTA News Center". September 23, 2008. Retrieved March 30, 2015. 
  3. ^ Malao-Ayers, Jai (July 16, 2008). "Faculty Members Win Achievement Awards". The Shorthorn. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Academy of Distinguished Scholars" (PDF). Retrieved March 30, 2015. 
  5. ^ "The University of Texas at Arlington Magazine" (PDF). New Endowments. Spring 2012. 
  6. ^ Fish, Joel (July 27, 2000). "Viet Nam Adventure". The Shorthorn. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 

External Sources[edit]

NPR's All Things Considered.