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Tibeto-Burman Languages of China
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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). Apar…

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David BRADLEY, “Tibeto-Burman Languages of China”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 20 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000419>
First published online: 2015

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