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Tea

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Author(s): Dan JURAFSKY
1. Introduction The story of tea begins where the far southwest of what is now China's Yúnnán province meets what is now northeastern Burma and Thailand, somewhere between the Mekong, Irawaddy, and Salween rivers. The tea plant camellia sinensis is native to a wide area that includes this region, and it was probably somewhere near here that it was first domesticated. A number of linguistic groups arrived in this region very early, first speakers of Mon-Khmer (the proto-language ancestral to Cambodian, Vietnamese, and other languages…
Date: 2017-03-02