Sino-Tibetan: A Conspectus

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CUP Archive, 1972 - Literary Criticism - 230 pages
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A comprehensive account of the Sino-Tibetan, a language stock comparable in size and diversification to Indo-European and comprising Chinese, Karen and over a hundred Tibetan-Burman languages. Dr Benedict presents a systematic analysis of the morphology and phonology of the main descendants of the stock, traces their family relationships and reconstructs in outline the parent language, Sino-Tibetan. There is a glossary of Tibeto-Burman index, which should prove of especial value as a working tool for scholars. Although the book was first drafted many years ago, Dr Benedict made extensive annotations on the original manuscript and Professor James A. Matisoff added many notes on bibliography and the Burmese-Lolo group of languages. The scope and original theses of the work, however, remain unaltered and the editors present it as a major and original contribution to the study of oriental linguistics.
  

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Contents

Introduction p
1
Taxonomy general p
2
Taxonomy SinoTibetan p
3
TibetoBurman classification p
4
TibetoBurman reconstruction history p
11
TibetoBurman primary sources p
12
TibetoBurman consonants general final p
13
TibetoBurman consonants initial p
17
TibetoBurman alternation consonantal vocalic p
124
Karen general p
127
Karen morphology categories and syntax p I2g 32 Karen pronouns p
129
Karen numerals p
130
Karen prefixes p
131
Karen initial consonants and clusters p
133
Karen final consonants and medial vowels p
142
Karen final vowels and semivowels p
147

TibetoBurman consonant clusters p
37
TibetoBurman vowels finals diphthongs p
57
TibetoBurman vowels medials p
70
TibetoBurman tones p
85
TibetoBurman morphology history p
92
TibetoBurman morphology categories p gj 15 TibetoBurman pronouns p oj 16 TibetoBurman numerals p
93
TibetoBurman morphology and syntax general p
95
TibetoBurman affixes special p
96
TibetoBurman affixes general p
97
TibetoBurman dental suffixes p
98
TibetoBurman prefixes general p
103
TibetoBurman prefixed s p
105
TibetoBurman prefixed r p
109
TibetoBurman prefixed b p no 25 TibetoBurman prefixed g p
112
TibetoBurman prefixed d p
114
TibetoBurman prefixed m p ny 28 TibetoBurman prefixed a p
121
Karen tones p
150
Chinese general history p
152
Chinese morphology prefixes suffixes alternation p
154
Chinese pronouns p
160
Chinese numerals p
161
Chinese phonology history p
163
Chinese consonants initials finals p
164
Chinese consonant clusters p
174
Chinese vowels and diphthongs p
179
Chinese tones p
193
Resume Chinese p 795
195
TibetoBurman roots p 1gg Appendix n EnglishTB index p
210
Primary TibetoBurman sources p
221
Appendix 1v Authors and editors bibliography p
229
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