The Mon-Language Rājādhirāj and Thai Models
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This paper is a preliminary analysis of the language of the Mon-language Rājādhirāj which explores the extent to which the Mon constructions, semantic fields, word order, and particles reveal a one-side harmonization towards Thai, with native Mon materials being reinterpreted to replicate Thai models. Yet we must be cautious about assuming there is an original Mon linguistic essence – the Mon of Burma has been harmonizing towards Burmese models for several centuries. While the exact circumstances of the production of this text may ultimately prove irrecoverable, an analysis of the language of the text suggests new historical interpretations of the heterogeneity of the predecessors and transmission of this text, which may have involved oral performance.