Gedney discusses Thai Riddles, problems in translating Thai poetry, and historical development and Sanskrit influences in Thai verse forms
For most of his career Professor William J. Gedney has devoted his scholarly research to an indepth exploration and recording of Tai languages and dialects. These endeavors have resulted in numerous scholarly papers and seven lengthy volumes devoted to Tai languages and dialects. Models of clarity and precision, Gedney’s studies have helped to establish the field of historical comparative Tai studies. What is not so well known is his contribution to folklore, translation, and literature. This volume, William J. Gedney’s Thai and Indic Literary Studies, remedies that situation. In this volume, Gedney discusses Thai Riddles, problems in translating Thai poetry, and historical development and Sanskrit influences in Thai verse forms. The papers in this volume with their insights and new interpretations will undoubtedly contribute to a better understanding and appreciation of Thai literature and its history.
William J. Gedney was Professor of Linguistics at the University of Michigan. Thomas John Hudak is Professor Emeritus of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. He focuses on the linguistics and literature of Southea