The origins of Sinitic

  title={The origins of Sinitic},
  author={Scott DeLancey},
A persistent problem in Sino-Tibetan linguistics is that Chinese is characterized by a mix of lexical, phonological, and syntactic features, some of which link it to the Tibeto-Burman languages, others to the Tai-Kadai, Hmong-Mien, and Mon-Khmer families of Southeast Asia. It has always been recognized that this must reflect intense language contact. This paper develops a hypothesis about the nature of that contact. The language of Shang was a highly-creolized lingua franca based on languages… 

G. Sampson, “A Chinese Phonological Enigma”: Four Comments

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The monosyllabicization of Old Chinese and the birth of Chinese Writing: A hypothesis on the co-evolution of the Chinese language and its writing system

  • Shen Ruiqing
  • Computer Science
    Journal of Language Relationship
  • 2019
It is argued that the invention of ACWS bears a strong correlation with the linguistic evolution of the Old Chinese language and its writing system, more specifically, the monosyllabicization, of Old Chinese.

Irrefutable Conjectures.* A Review of William H. Baxter and Laurent Sagart, Old Chinese. A New Reconstruction

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East Asian Ethnolinguistic Phylogeography

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The Proto-Tibeto-Burman verbal agreement system

  • G. Driem
  • Linguistics
    Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
  • 1993
Since the appearance of Stuart N. Wolfenden's monumental Outlines of Tibeto-Burman linguistic morphology in 1929, attention has increasingly focused not only on derivational processes in

A shared suppletive pattern in the pronominal systems of Chang Naga and Southern Qiang

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Derivation By Tone-Change In Classical Chinese

  • G. B. Downera
  • Linguistics
    Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
  • 1959
Since Karlgren's ‘Word families’ first drew attention to the existence of large groups of cognate words in classical Chinese, efforts have been made to define more closely the principal phonetic

Language Interrupted: Signs of Non-Native Acquisition in Standard Language Grammars

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Language Specific Syntactic Constructions in Chinese

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Hmong-Mien (Miao-Yao) Loans in Chinese

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