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The Sino-Tibetan Languages

2nd Edition

Edited by Randy J. LaPolla, Graham Thurgood


1,018 pages

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There are more native speakers of Sino-Tibetan languages than of any other language family in the world. Our records of these languages are among the oldest for any human language, and the amount of active research on them has multiplied in the last few decades.

Now in its second edition and fully updated to include new research, The Sino-Tibetan Languages includes overview articles on individual languages, with an emphasis on the less commonly described languages, as well as descriptions and comments on the subgroups in which they occur.

There are overviews of the whole family on genetic classification and language contact, syntax and morphology, and also on word order typology. There are also more detailed overview articles on the phonology, morphosyntax, and writing system of just the Sinitic side of the family. Supplementing these overviews are articles on Shanghainese, Cantonese and Mandarin dialects. Tibeto-Burman is reviewed by genetic or geographical sub-group, with overview articles on some of the major groups and areas, and there are also detailed descriptions of 41 individual Tibeto-Burman languages, written by world experts in the field.

Designed for students and researchers of Asian languages, The Sino-Tibetan Languages is a detailed overview of the field. This book is invaluable to language students, experts requiring concise, but thorough, information on related languages, and researchers working in historical, typological and comparative linguistics.

Table of Contents

PART 1: Overview Chapters

C01 Sino-Tibetan: genetic and areal subgroups - Graham Thurgood

C02 Overview of Sino-Tibetan morphosyntax - Randy J. LaPolla

C03 Word order in Sino-Tibetan languages from a typological and geographical perspective - Matthew S. Dryer

PART 2: Sinitic

C04 The Sinitic languages: phonology - Zev Handel

C05 The Sinitic languages: grammar - Anne O. Yue

C06 The characteristics of Mandarin dialects - Dah-an Ho

C07 Cantonese - Robert S. Bauer and Stephen Matthews

C08 Shanghainese - Eric Zee and Liejiong Xu

C09 Chinese writing - Mark Hansell

PART 3: Tibeto-Burman

§3.1: Languages of NE India

C10 The Tibeto-Burman languages of Northeastern India - Mark W. Post and Robbins Burling

C11 Garo - Robbins Burling

C12 Hakha Lai - David A. Peterson

C13 Mongsen Ao - Alexander R. Coupe

C14 Karbi - Linda Konnerth

C15 Tani languages - Mark W. Post and Jackson T.-S. Sun

C16 Meithei - Shobhana Chelliah

C17 Tangsa - Stephen D. Morey

§3.2: Bodish languages

C18 Classical Tibetan - Scott DeLancey

C19 Lhasa Tibetan - Scott DeLancey

C20 Kurtöp - Gwendolyn Hyslop

C21 Tshangla - Erik Andvik

C22 Dolakhae Newar - Carol Genetti

C23 Kathmandu Newar (Nepāl Bhāṣā) - David Hargreaves

§3.3: Tamangic

C24 Tamang - Martine Mazaudon

C25 Chantyal - Mickey Noonan and Kristine A. Hildebrandt

C26 Manange - Kristine Hildebrandt and Oliver Bond

C27 Nar Phu - Mickey Noonan and Kristine A. Hildebrandt

§3.4 Rung languages

§3.4.1: Rgyalrong languages

C28 Tshobdun rGyalrong - Jackson T.-S. Sun

C29 Cogtse rGyarong - Yasuhiko Nagano

C30 Stau (Ergong, Horpa) - Guillaume Jacques, Lai Yunfan, Anton Antonov and Lobsang Nima

C31 Japhug - Guillaume Jacques

§3.4.2: Rawang-Dulong-Anong

C32 Dulong - Randy J. LaPolla

§3.4.3: Kiranti

C33 Kiranti languages - Boyd Michailovsky

C34 Hayu - Boyd Michailovsky

C35 Belhare - Balthasar Bickel

C36 Camling - Karen H. Ebert

C37 Wambule Rai - Jean Robert Opgenort

§3.4.4: Western Himalayan

C38 Sangla Kinnauri - Anju Saxena

§3.5: Qiangic

C39 Qiang - Randy J. LaPolla

C40 Prinmi - Picus Sizhi Ding

C41 Tangut - Gong Hwang-cherng

C42 Lizu [Ersu] - Katia Chirkova

§3.6: Naic [Naxi]

C43 Yongning Na (Mosuo) - Liberty A. Lidz

§3.7: Lolo-Burmese

C44 Burmese - Julian K. Wheatley

C45 Zaiwa - Zhu Yanhua

C46 Akha - Inga-Lill Hansson

C47 Lisu - David Bradley

C48 James Matisoff Lahu

§3.8: Karenic

C49 Eastern Kayah Li - David Solnit

C50 Pwo Karen - Atsuhiko Kato

§3.9: Other languages

C51 Lepcha - Heleen Plaisier

C52 Tujia - Shixuan Xu, Meiyan Lu and Hongyan Hu

C53 Jinghpaw - Keita Kurabe


About the Editors

Graham Thurgood PhD is Professor Emeritus at California State University, Chico, USA.

Randy J. LaPolla PhD FAHA is Professor of Linguistics at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

About the Series

Routledge Language Family Series

Each volume in this series contains an in-depth account of the members of some of the world's most important language families. Written by experts in each language, these accessible accounts provide detailed linguistic analysis and description. The contents are carefully structured to cover the natural system of classification: phonology, morphology, syntax, lexis, semantics, dialectology, and sociolinguistics.

Every volume contains extensive bibliographies for each language, a detailed index and tables, and maps and examples from the languages to demonstrate the linguistic features being described. The consistent format allows comparative study, not only between the languages in each volume, but also across all the volumes in the series.

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