Selected Papers on Khmerology / Choix d'articles de khmérologie

by Saveros Pou

Type: Hardback

Publisher: Reyum Publishing

Published: 2003

Pages: 499

ISBN: 978-1588860439

Languages : English, French, Khmer

Linguist and ethnologist Saveros Pou has extensively written on Khmer culture, language and traditions. This compilation by Reyum Publishing (Phnom Penh) reflects the scope of her interests, from folk tales to intricate stone inscriptions.

Tags: Khmer culture, linguistics, Khmer history

About the Author

Portrait of Saveros   Pou

Saveros Pou

Saveros Pou (Saveros Lewitz in the 1960s-1970s) ពៅ សាវរស (1929, Phnom Penh- 25 May 2020, France) was a French linguist of Cambodian origin. A retired research director of the CNRS in Paris, a specialist of the Khmer language and civilization, she carried out extensive work of Khmer epigraphy, starting as a young researcher with her teachers George Cœdès and Jean Filliozat.

Born in a high-society and learned family -- her uncle was the King's chamberlain --, Saveros Pou went to the Sutharot Girls School and Lycée Sisowath before moving to France for higher education, to become a leading researcher in linguistics and social history of Cambodia, as well as a respected teacher for several generations. Residing in England in the 1970s and 1980s, she furthered her research in several US universities, in particular in Hawaii.

Her work in the field of etymology, specifically applied to old Khmer (from 6th to 14th centuries) was seminal, while her varied skills enabled her to tackle areas such as the very rich processes of derivation in Khmer, religion, codes of conduct, zoology and botany, culinary art, etc. This encyclopedic approach is reflected in her Dictionnaire vieux khmer-français-anglais.

She is the author of more than 150 books and articles, published in several orientalist journals such as the Journal Asiatique and the Bulletin de l'École française d'Extrême-Orient. Saveros Pou's last book published before her death was Un dictionnaire du khmer-moyen (Phnom Penh, Buddhist Institue, Sāstrā Publishing House, 2017).

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Saveros Pou in 1970 (photo Reyum/Mikaelian)