SHESC Themes: Culture, Heritage and Identity; Human Origins, Evolution and Diversity
Field Specializations: Aesthetics, Ethnicity, Ethnopoetics, Languages and Literature, Linguistics, Sociocultural Anthropology
Regional Focus: Asia (Southeast)
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Thomas J. Hudak focuses on the linguistics and literature of Southeast Asia, with a particular emphasis on the Thai and Indonesian languages. His research has involved the analysis and interpretation of ethnopoetics and ethnoaesthetics. Current topics of his research include the translation of classical Thai poetry, the uses of repetition in literary discourse and the compiling and editing of primary data from twenty Tai languages and dialects.
Documenting Endangered Languages: The Case for the Tai Language Family
Hudak, T. J. (2006). Review of Folk stories of the Hmong: People of Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. Journal of Southeast Asian Language Teaching, 12(2).
Hudak, T. J. (2004). William J. Gedney's elicitation questionnaire. Journal of the American Oriental Society, 124(3), 549-559.
Hudak, T. J. Kalaya Tingsbadh, M. R. & Abramson, A. S. (2001). Limericks and rhyme in Thai. In K. Dingsabah & A. Abramson (Eds.), Essays in Tai linguistics. Bangkok: Chulalongkorn University Press.