Burmese IPA Transcription

Despite my best efforts to transfer this from LibreOffice Writer into WordPress (thank goodness I drafted it there and not here), there were issues with the rendering of certain fonts and tables. So, I’m just going to cheat and embed a PDF here. Please contact me if you’d like...

How racist is my engagement with Burma studies?

I would like to respond to Charney's article (https://forsea.co/how-racist-is-your-engagement-with-burma-studies/) by using his metrics at the end to evaluate my own research practices....

Have I given up on academia?

I was browsing YouTube, as I’m known to do, and I notice a trend of people talking about either leaving their PhD programs, finishing but then not doing anything related to their studies, or even encouraging others not to pursue a PhD altogether. While people may have very good...

Hi, 2023!

I realize I didn’t make a single post for all of 2023. So, I’ll just give a quick overview of what’s happened in my life in this year, in no particular order. I’m a dad now! My daughter Grace was born 9 June 2023 here in Thailand and she’s...

Zolai ABC Simbu (Tedim ABC Book)

My wife and I used Bloom by SIL and Bloom Library to create a simple ABC reader for Tedim. I created it on the basis of Tedim phonology for initials, rather than most readers which are just the English alphabet, containing letters not actually existent in Tedim phonology. The...

What to do now that Sci-Hub has stopped archiving new material?

DISCLAIMER: This article contains no legal advice. This piece is written for educational and informative purposes only. The author (Tyler Davis) is not advocating for the use of piracy to illegally obtain copyrighted works. If money is an issue, it is best to ask the author of a particular...

Pe Maung Htin’s “Missionary Burmese”

It’s with great joy that I was able to find a copy of Pe Maung Htin’s article “Missionary Burmese” from a scan of Vol. 1, Pt. 1 of The Journal of Burma Research Society (JBRS) on The Internet Archive. Since it is out of copyright (under U.S. Law), I...

I’m engaged!

After leaving Burma due to the military coup of 1 February 2021, I found my way back to Thailand where I suddenly met the love of my life, Ngaipi. I went back to the States shortly after meeting her. We started talking more and more online and decided to...