Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics

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Subject: Language and Linguistics

Editor-in-Chief: Rint SYBESMA, Leiden University

Associate Editors: Wolfgang BEHR University of Zürich, Yueguo GU Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Zev HANDEL University of Washington, C.-T. James HUANG Harvard University and James MYERS National Chung Cheng University

The Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics offers a systematic and comprehensive overview of the languages of China and the different ways in which they are and have been studied. It provides authoritative treatment of all important aspects of the languages spoken in China, today and in the past, from many different angles, as well as the different linguistic traditions they have been investigated in.

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Tibetan Language

(5,595 words)

Author(s): Nicolas TOURNADRE
1. General Overview Traditionally, one used to speak of a single "Tibetan language" with many "dialects" but during the last three decades many studies have led to a better understanding of the linguistic diversity found on the Tibetan plateau and most specialists now believe it is no longer viable to talk of Tibetan dialects of a single language. In fact, many dialects do not allow mutual intelligibility. The situation is in many ways comparable to the one of "Chinese dialects" which are now referred to as "Sinitic languages". Tournadre (2008, 2014) and Tournadre et al. (2009) have prop…
Date: 2017-03-02

Tibeto-Burman Languages of China

(6,037 words)

Author(s): David BRADLEY
The usual name of the largest language grouping in China is the Sino-Tibetan (ST) or Hàn-Zàng 漢藏 family. The generally accepted division of ST is into a Sinitic branch on one hand and a Tibeto-Burman (TB) or Zàng-Miǎn 藏緬 branch on the other. The main classifications of TB include those of Grierson (1909), Benedict (1972), Shafer (1974), Matisoff (2003), Van Driem (1998, 2001), and Bradley (2002). Apart from Van Driem, the general consensus is that there are five main subfamilies in TB. Bradley (…
Date: 2017-03-02

T (index)

(5,421 words)

T’en: Non-Sinitic Languages of Southeast China | Sui Language T’rung: see Dúlóng 他 vs 渠 or 伊: Dialect Classification Ta-ang (Dé’áng 德昂): Austroasiatic Languages Tabghach (Tuòbá 拓跋): Altaic Elements in Chinese taboo, names: Personal Names taboo, superstition: Taboo Tafsir (Koranic exegesis): Arabic in China tag questions: Illocutionary Acts of Requesting and Inviting tagging: Word Length tagging model: Peking University Treebank tagging strategies: Word Length Tai Don script: Dǎi 傣 Language Tai languages, numerals: Chinese Loanwords in the Languages of Southeast Asia Ta…