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By James Alan Matisoff, James Matisoff

This 800-page quantity is a transparent and readable presentation of the present kingdom of study at the background of the Tibeto-Burman (TB) language kinfolk, a typologically diversified crew of over 250 languages spoken in Southern China, the Himalayas, NE India, and peninsular Southeast Asia. The TB languages are the one confirmed kin of chinese language, with which they shape the nice Sino-Tibetan kinfolk. The exposition is systematic, treating the reconstruction of all of the components of the TB proto-syllable in flip, together with preliminary consonants (Ch. III), prefixes (Ch. IV), monophthongal and diphthongal rhymes (Ch. V), ultimate nasals (Ch. VII), ultimate stops (Ch. VIII), ultimate drinks (Ch. IX), root-final *-s (Ch. X), suffixes (Ch. XI). specific recognition is paid to variational phenomena in any respect ancient degrees (e.g. Ch. XII "Allofamic version in rhymes").This guide builds at the top past scholarship, and provides updated fabric that has accrued over the last 30 years. It includes reconstructions of over 1000 Tibeto-Burman roots, in addition to steered comparisons with a number of hundred chinese language etyma. it's liberally listed and cross-referenced for max accessibility and inner consistency.Emphasis is put on the detailed theoretical concerns concerned with old reconstruction within the East/Southeast Asian linguistic quarter.

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131 (3) Relationship between *b- and *m-. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 *g- vs. the Lolo-Burmese animal prefix *k- . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134 (1) With nouns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134 (2) With verbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136 (3) The velar animal prefix *k- in Lolo-Burmese . .

362 (2) *-uk & *-u≥ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 364 (3) *-ut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 364 (a) Variation with other rhymes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 366 (b) Chinese comparanda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

153 (1) Prefixization: from disyllabic compound to sesquisyllable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 (2) Dimidiation of prefixes: from sesquisyllable to dissyllable. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154 (3) The cyclicity of changes in syllable structure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155 CHAPTER 5 Rhymes: monophthongs and diphthongs. . . . . . . . 1 Overview of TB vowel systems .

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