Franklin Huffman is a leading scholar of Mon-Khmer linguistics, with a particular focus on the Cambodian language. He was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia, in 1934, and received an undergraduate degree from Bridgewater College in 1955. In 1960, he entered Cornell University, where he began his life-long interest in Mon-Khmer language issues.
An Outline of Cambodian Grammar (Huffman 67)
Huffman's Cornell University Ph.D. thesis had a major impact on Khmer Studies. He drew on it extensively in his later work on the Cambodian language, and it was prominently cited in Madeline Ehrman's Grammatical Sketch of Contemporary Cambodian.
Mon-Khmer Vocabulary Lists (Huffman 71)
Comparative vocabulary list Two views of the same work, this unpublished list of some 1,000 words in each of 20 languages is cited by Huffman as early as 1971. These scans were made from a very poor-quality photocopy, which included some re-lettering and re-underlining, located in the SIL Library, Bangkok (495.9, Mon-Khmer, Austronesian General Folder, dated 1976). Each original ledger page had been photocopied in three overlapping segments; these scans (all originally 600 DPI B/W) are each in three segments.
The Huffman Notebooks
In 2007, Franklin Huffman made a generous bequest of his unpublished research notebooks to CRCL (detailed inventory). Consisting of broad comparative sets (particularly the Comparative Vocabulary List and Katuic Wordlist), detailed field notes, and notebook after notebook of painstaking analyses, the Huffman Papers provide an unmatched picture of the dedicated lingiust in his native habitat -- the field!
The SEAlang Library is proud to host the Huffman Papers. We invite
other scholars to consider making their invaluable first-hand data
available to future generations of researchers.
Gathered 1983 (Fulbright-Hays Senior Research Grant):
Vocabulary lists for Cham
Rudimentary vowel analysis of Cham
Gathered 1970-71 (Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship Grant for Research on Mon-Khmer Languages in Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos):
0. Mon-Khmer Comparative vocabulary list
lists and phonological analyses for Burmese Mon and Thai Mon