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2nd Edition

The Sino-Tibetan Languages

ISBN 9781138783324
Published January 4, 2017 by Routledge
1048 Pages

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Book Description

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 K

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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.