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Sino-Tai Hypothesis
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The idea that Chinese and the Tai language family are related goes back to the early 19th century. However, in most early works, from John Leyden (1775–1811; Leyden 1808) to Albert Étienne Jean Baptiste Terrien de Lacouperie (c. 1845–1894; Terrien de Lacouperie 1887), both Chinese and Tai are just parts of the all-encompassing scheme that relates almost all languages of East and Southeast Asia. The so-called Sino-Tai hypothesis, which originates with August Conrady (1864–1925; Conrady 1896) and …

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Weera OSTAPIRAT, “Sino-Tai Hypothesis”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 27 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_000251>
First published online: 2015

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