Pittayawat (Joe) Pittayaporn

               พิทยาวัฒน์ พิทยาภรณ์










My research areas include historical linguistics, and phonology. I am most interested in languages of Mainland Southeast Asia, especially Kra-Dai (formerly known as Tai-Kadai), Austroasiatic, and Mainland Austronesian languages. My research in phonology concerns metrical, tonal, and prosodic phenomena. In historical linguistics, I am deeply interested in diachronic and areal aspects of these phenomena as well as historical reconstruction and dialect subgrouping. I approach these issues from theoretical perspectives based on solid empirical data, especially from fieldwork.



The Proto-Tai Project


Reconstruction of Proto-Tai and subgrouping of its daughter languages.  Relationships between Tai and other Kra-Dai languages, as well as their deeper affinity. History of individual Kra-Dai subgroups or varieties.





Diachronic and synchronic aspects of tones, registers, and intonation. Interaction between these suprasegmental contrasts and metrical, and prosodic structures.



Synchronic and Diachronic Studies of Mon-Khmer


Sesquisyllabicity in Mon-Khmer languages. Contact between Mon-Khmer and Tai languages.



Chronology-Sensitive Phylogenetic Approach to Subgrouping


Subgrouping of modern languages using traditional linguistics analysis supplemented by phylogenetic methods in biology. Theory of subgrouping.



From PAN to Moken


History and phonology of Moken and Moklen of Southern Thailand. Their implications to the history of Chamic and Acehness.







·     Jinxiu dialect of Lakkja (Kra-Dai), Guangxi, China.

·     Tai dialect of Shangsi (Kra-Dai), Guangxi, China.



·     Tai dialects of Northern Vietnam: Sapa , Vinh Yen, and Cao Bang (Kra-Dai).

·     Acehnese (Austronesian). Field method class at Cornell.



·     Kapong dialect of Phu Thai, Sakon Nakhorn Province, Thailand.

·     Balinese (Austronesian). Field method class at Cornell.



·     Rawai dialect of Moken (Austronesian), Phuket Province, Thailand.



·     Red Palaung (Austroasiatic), Chiang Mai Province, Thailand.


Last update October 1, 2009