Date of Degree


Document Type


Degree Name





Juliette Blevins

Committee Members

Daniel Kaufman

Douglas Whalen

Subject Categories

Comparative and Historical Linguistics | Language Description and Documentation | Linguistic Anthropology | Phonetics and Phonology | Typological Linguistics and Linguistic Diversity


Typology, documentation, Austroasiatic


This dissertation presents a description of the sound patterns of Kachok, Austroasiatic language spoken in northeastern Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia. The language is spoken by approximately 3000 people and is considered endangered (Simons & Fennig, 2018). Kachok is undocumented, and this dissertation is the first attempt to describe the language and its sound patterns. The goals of this dissertation are twofold: to contribute to linguistics and the science of phonetics and phonological typology, as well as increase the body of work on Austro-Asiatic languages, and to create resources for the Kachok language, culture, and people that have the potential to outlive the language itself. This dissertation describes the segmental phonology of Kachok, and then presents a new prosodic model of the sesquisyllable, a phenomenon prevalent in Southeast Asian languages.



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