There are more native speakers of Sino-Tibetan languages than of any other language family in the world. Our records of these languages are among the oldest for any human language, and the amount of active research on them has multiplied in the last few decades.
Now in its second edition and fully updated to include new research, The Sino-Tibetan Languages includes overview articles on individual languages, with an emphasis on the less commonly described languages, as well as descriptions and comments on the subgroups in which they occur.
There are overviews of the whole family on genetic classification and language contact, syntax and morphology, and also on word order typology. There are also more detailed overview articles on the phonology, morphosyntax, and writing system of just the Sinitic side of the family. Supplementing these overviews are articles on Shanghainese, Cantonese and Mandarin dialects. Tibeto-Burman is reviewed by genetic or geographical sub-group, with overview articles on some of the major groups and areas, and there are also detailed descriptions of 41 individual Tibeto-Burman languages, written by world experts in the field.
Designed for students and researchers of Asian languages, The Sino-Tibetan Languages is a detailed overview of the field. This book is invaluable to language students, experts requiring concise, but thorough, information on related languages, and researchers working in historical, typological and comparative linguistics.
Graham Thurgood PhD is Professor Emeritus at California State University, Chico, USA. Randy J. LaPolla PhD FAHA is Professor of Linguistics at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
PART 1: Overview Chapters C01 Sino-Tibetan: genetic and areal subgroups - Graham Thurgood C02 Overview of Sino-Tibetan morphosyntax - Randy J. LaPolla C03 Word order in Sino-Tibetan languages from a typological and geographical perspective - Matthew S. Dryer PART 2: Sinitic C04 The Sinitic languages: phonology - Zev Handel C05 The Sinitic languages: grammar - Anne O. Yue C06 The characteristics of Mandarin dialects - Dah-an Ho C07 Cantonese - Robert S. Bauer and Stephen Matthews C08 Shanghainese - Eric Zee and Liejiong Xu C09 Chinese writing - Mark Hansell PART 3: Tibeto-Burman 3.1: Languages of NE India C10 The Tibeto-Burman languages of Northeastern India - Mark W. Post and Robbins Burling C11 Garo - Robbins Burling C12 Hakha Lai - David A. Peterson C13 Mongsen Ao - Alexander R. Coupe C14 Karbi - Linda Konnerth C15 Tani languages - Mark W. Post and Jackson T.-S. Sun C16 Meithei - Shobhana Chelliah C17 Tangsa - Stephen D. Morey 3.2: Bodish languages C18 Classical Tibetan - Scott DeLancey C19 Lhasa Tibetan - Scott DeLancey C20 Kurtoep - Gwendolyn Hyslop C21 Tshangla - Erik Andvik C22 Dolakhae Newar - Carol Genetti C23 Kathmandu Newar (Nepal Bhasa) - David Hargreaves 3.3: Tamangic C24 Tamang - Martine Mazaudon C25 Chantyal - Mickey Noonan and Kristine A. Hildebrandt C26 Manange - Kristine Hildebrandt and Oliver Bond C27 Nar Phu - Mickey Noonan and Kristine A. Hildebrandt 3.4 Rung languages 3.4.1: Rgyalrong languages C28 Tshobdun rGyalrong - Jackson T.-S. Sun C29 Cogtse rGyarong - Yasuhiko Nagano C30 Stau (Ergong, Horpa) - Guillaume Jacques, Lai Yunfan, Anton Antonov and Lobsang Nima C31 Japhug - Guillaume Jacques 3.4.2: Rawang-Dulong-Anong C32 Dulong - Randy J. LaPolla 3.4.3: Kiranti C33 Kiranti languages - Boyd Michailovsky C34 Hayu - Boyd Michailovsky C35 Belhare - Balthasar Bickel C36 Camling - Karen H. Ebert C37 Wambule Rai - Jean Robert Opgenort 3.4.4: Western Himalayan C38 Sangla Kinnauri - Anju Saxena 3.5: Qiangic C39 Qiang - Randy J. LaPolla C40 Prinmi - Picus Sizhi Ding C41 Tangut - Gong Hwang-cherng C42 Lizu [Ersu] - Katia Chirkova 3.6: Naic [Naxi] C43 Yongning Na (Mosuo) - Liberty A. Lidz 3.7: Lolo-Burmese C44 Burmese - Julian K. Wheatley C45 Zaiwa - Zhu Yanhua C46 Akha - Inga-Lill Hansson C47 Lisu - David Bradley C48 James Matisoff Lahu 3.8: Karenic C49 Eastern Kayah Li - David Solnit C50 Pwo Karen - Atsuhiko Kato 3.9: Other languages C51 Lepcha - Heleen Plaisier C52 Tujia - Shixuan Xu, Meiyan Lu and Hongyan Hu C53 Jinghpaw - Keita Kurabe Index