Jerold A. Edmondson
Jerold Alan Edmondson
|Alma mater||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Institutions||University of Texas at Arlington|
|Main interests||Languages of Southeast Asia|
Jerold Alan Edmondson (born 1941) (Chinese name: Aì Jiéruì) is an American linguist whose work spans four subdisciplines: historical and comparative linguistics, Asian linguistics, field linguistics, and phonetics. He is a leading specialist in Tai-Kadai languages of Asia, especially the Kam-Sui and Kra branches.
Edmonson was born in Plainfield, Indiana. He 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, the Alicia Wilkerson Smotherman Faculty Award, and induction into the Academy of Distinguished Scholars. 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.
Edmondson specializes in studying the 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. In 1996, he received a National Science Foundation grant to study the minority languages spoken along the Vietnam and China borders. He tracked down two previously undocumented languages, Xa Pho and Nung Ven, in northern Viet Nam. 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.