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Hill, Nathan W. (2019) The Historical Phonology of Tibetan, Burmese, and Chinese. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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The discovery of sound laws by comparing attested languages is the method which has unlocked the history of European languages stretching back thousands of years before the appearance of written records, e.g. Latin p- corresponds to English f- (pes, foot; primus, first; plenus, full). Although Burmese, Chinese, and Tibetan have long been regarded as related, the systematic exploration of their shared history has never before been attempted. Tracing the history of these three languages using just such sound laws, this book sheds light on the prehistoric language from which they descend. Written for readers with little linguistic knowledge of these languages, but fully explicit and copiously indexed for the specialist, this work will serve as the bedrock for future progress in the study of these languages.

Item Type: Authored Books
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures
Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics > Department of Linguistics
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
ISBN: 9781107146488
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2019 08:07
Related URLs: ... inese?format=HB (Publisher URL)
Funders: British Academy, European Union

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