A Sketch of Late Zhou Chinese Grammar

Authored by: Derek Herforth

The Sino-Tibetan Languages

Print publication date:  December  2002
Online publication date:  May  2006

Print ISBN: 9780700711291
eBook ISBN: 9780203221051
Adobe ISBN: 9781135797188

10.4324/9780203221051.ch4

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Abstract

The Chinese, or Sinitic, languages are widely, if not unanimously, regarded as genetically-related to the Tibeto-Burman (TB) family whose major members are described in this volume. Evidence for the Sino-Tibetan (ST) hypothesis consists of phonological and semantic correspondences between the basic word-stocks and reconstructed morphological systems of Old Chinese (thirteenth century bce–third century CE) and TB languages, especially the earliest attested of these, Old Tibetan (eighth century) and Old Burmese (twelfth century). Recent discussions of these aspects of the ST hypothesis can be found in Norman (1988: 12–16) and Baxter (1995) for ST lexicon, and Norman (1988: 84–7) and Baxter and Sagart (1998) for morphology.

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