Centre for Languages and Literature

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My dissertation from 1983 deals with the phonology and morphology of Kammu (aka Khmu, Kmhmu, etc.), an Austroasiatic language spoken in northern Laos and adjacent areas of Vietnam, Thailand and China by some 500.000 people. The work on Kammu continues in my present research projects.

Another research interest is Mongolian. Together with my coworkers Anna Tsendina, Anastasia Karlsson and Vivan Franzén I have written a comprehensive analysis of the phonology of Mongolian including its phonological develoment from the time of Chinggis Khan to the modern Mongolic languages. I have also translated into English and published the Kalmuck-Swedish dictionary of the missionary Cornelius Rahmn (1785-1853).


About the research

I am engaged in three research projects,"Integrating the Structures of Information and Discourse: a cross-linguistic approach", led by Anastasia Karlsson, "Digitalt multimediaarkiv för austroasiatiskt immateriellt kulturarv (Dig-AAA or Rwaai)" lett av Niclas Burenhult and "In the borderland between song and speech. Vocal expressions in oral cultures" led by Håkan Lundström.

At present I am rather busy finishing the "Dictionary of Kammu Yùan language and culture" (by Jan-Olof Svantesson, Kàm Ràw, Kristina Lindell and Håkan Lundström), a project that started more than 40 years ago.


Books (7)
Editorships (5)
Articles (39)
Book chapters (16)
Encyclopaedia entries (1)
Conference contributions (41)
Reports (2)
Working papers (2)
Reviews (1)
Articles in specialist publications and popular press (2)
Supervision at Lund University (1)

Research portal (Lund University)

Jan-Olof Svantesson

Professor Emeritus
General Linguistics
Centre for Languages and Literature

Contact information

E-mail jan-olof.svantessonling.luse

Mobile +46 70 643 53 03

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Visiting address Helgonabacken 12, Lund

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