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Fellner, Hannes and Hill, Nathan W. (2019) 'Word families, allofams, and the comparative method.' Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale, 48 (2). pp. 91-124.

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Linguists researching the Trans-Himalayan family do not have a self-perception as working outside the mainstream of historical linguistics, but ‘word families’ and ‘allofams’ are important elements in their thinking despite the absence of these terms in the wider discipline. A close examination of the practice of historical linguistics in Indo-European and Trans-Himalayan leads to the conclusion that those phenomena treated as word families admit superior analyses in more traditional terms.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Trans-Himalayan; Sino-Tibetan; Indo-European; word families; allofams; methodology
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures
Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics > Department of Linguistics
ISSN: 01533320
Copyright Statement: © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2019. This is the accepted version of an article published by Brill in Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale, on 27 November 2019. Available online:
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Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2019 10:19
Funders: European Union

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