By Paul K. Benedict
A accomplished account of the Sino-Tibetan, a language inventory related in dimension and diversification to Indo-European and comprising chinese language, Karen and over 100 Tibetan-Burman languages. Dr Benedict provides a scientific research of the morphology and phonology of the most descendants of the inventory, strains their relations relationships and reconstructs in define the dad or mum language, Sino-Tibetan. there's a word list of Tibeto-Burman index, which should still turn out of especial worth as a operating device for students. even though the ebook was once first drafted a long time in the past, Dr Benedict made huge annotations at the unique manuscript and Professor James A. Matisoff further many notes on bibliography and the Burmese-Lolo team of languages. The scope and unique theses of the paintings, notwithstanding, stay unaltered and the editors current it as an incredible and unique contribution to the learn of oriental linguistics.
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Burling, PLBy on Atsi and Maru; also Matisoff, ' G D ' (JAM). ap < *s-nap seems unlikely. 116 Cf. Lepcha dnyo, a semantic doublet ('expletive') of dmik 'eye', and B myak-hna ' face' (' eye-nose'). 117 Kanauri regularly has st- < sn-; cf, stil ~ til' gums' < *s-nily stir) ' heart' < *snirjy stti~tti *7'<#^-ww, and stam 'give forth smell'< *s-nam. 3 2 " 35 Sino-Tibetan: a conspectus (104) T rmen-pa~ sa-rmen * gland, wen', rtne-ba ' speck, mark, mole', B hmdn 'mole' (TB *r-men). In addition to the regular consonant initials described above, we must postulate a 'zero' or vowel initial for Tibeto-Burman.
Trung (Nungish) has mhy 'dream', mhy mhr) ' to dream', from mhmdy — *r-may by metathesis; cf. ) rdma, id. mak (as reconstructed by Burling and JAM). gg Cf. the development of sonorant stops from nasals in Bisu: /hi/ 'fire'; this phenomenon is rare in TB generally (JAM). Nung (Rawang) biy 'name' is a pseudo-cognate here, hence does not represent this rare shift; it has been derived (regular shift) from *briy; cf. , from sbray; a. connection with TB *brarj 'to give birth' (No. 135) has been suggested (by JAM).
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Sino-Tibetan: A Conspectus by Paul K. Benedict