This book provides the first comprehensive description of the phonology and phonetics of Standard Mongolian, known as the Halh (Khalkha) dialect and spoken in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of the Republic of Mongolia. It is also the first account in any language of the historical phonology of the entire Mongolian group of languages. The synchronic phonology is based on data collected by the authors and their own phonological analyses. The historical phonology is based on original research on the Halh, on published Chinese and Mongolian sources for the modern Mongolic languages, and on their reconstruction of Old Mongolian from the medieval written sources.
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Author Biography - Jan-Olof Svantesson
Jan-Olof Svantesson is Professor of General Linguistics at Lund University. His work has focussed on the phonology of Mongolian and on the Mon-Khmer language Kammu. Anna Tsendina is a Senior Researcher at the Oriental Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. She is a native speaker of Mongolian and an expert on Old Mongolian texts. Anastasia Karlsson is a doctoral research student in phonetics at Lund University. Her research is focused on prosody and rhythm in Mongolian. After a long career in nursing, Vivan Franzen became a doctoral student in general linguistics at Lund University. She was also involved in a project on bilingual education in Finland. Vivan Franzen died in 2004.