The majority of the rime correspondences presented in the book appear credible at first sight, but the uncertainty on initial consonants and on tones below weighs on the comparisons. Cooksix indexes, and a reference list. Matisoff gives more detail than the Conspectus, but his discussion is hardly complete. Skip to main content. I consider that ST as a whole, not just Chinese, forms a genetic unit with Austronesian. Both the initial and main vowel correspondence are off.
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The majority of the rime correspondences presented in the book appear credible at first sight, but the uncertainty on initial consonants and on tones below weighs on the comparisons.
Cooksix indexes, and a reference list. Matisoff gives more detail than the Conspectus, but his discussion is hardly complete. Skip to main content. I consider that ST as a whole, not just Chinese, forms a genetic unit with Austronesian. Both the initial and main vowel correspondence are off.
Xsuffixes Ch. This part is much more detailed sino-tbietan explicit than with initial consonants, a most welcome advance from the STC. Putting together Archaeology, Linguistics and Genetics, XI No 1, Sagart identified a t- prefix in Chinese which has some of the same functions: This is hard to believe. WB w- corresponding to WT g. Log In Sign Up. The correspondence of initials is off. This must be because the form with -k is basic.
TB sound system of PTB Overall, the reconstructed system is inherited from Benedict; changes are in the direction of replacing phonological or morphological problems with untestable variation hypotheses: It contains reconstructions of over a thousand Tibeto-Burman roots, as well as suggested comparisons with several hundred Chinese etyma.
It is highly likely that tonal TB languages acquired their tones in similar ways. It would have been interesting to know how similar proposals fare in other TB languages or branches. Tibetan, again, is under-studied thus four out of thirteen diphthongal TB rimes in Table 14 p. VIIIfinal liquids Ch. A comparative vocabulary of five Sino-Tibetan languages. Click here to sign up. Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: He reconstructed few words with long vowels, however.
Despite his anti-megalocomparativist stance, Matisoff is himself a half-believer in Austro-Tai. Every effort should be made to replace them with explicit prefixation hypotheses.
Matisoff gives a proto-system of 23 initial consonants. In a footnote fn. This Handbook builds on the best previous scholarship, and adds up-to-date material that has accumulated over the wystem 30 years. Benedict appears to have regarded TB as a subgroup partly because he had himself inherited this view and partly on the basis of cognate counts Benedict Matisoff reconstructs many more.
Vowel correspondence without parallel. Related Articles.
Handbook of Proto-Tibeto-Burman: System and Philosophy of Sino-Tibetan Reconstruction
Related Books About the Book This page volume is a clear and readable presentation of the current state of research on the history of the Tibeto-Burman TB language family, a typologically diverse group of over languages spoken in Southern China, the Himalayas, NE India, and peninsular Southeast Asia. The TB languages are the only proven relatives of Chinese, with which they form the great Sino-Tibetan family. The exposition is systematic, treating the reconstruction of all the elements of the TB proto-syllable in turn, including initial consonants Ch. III , prefixes Ch. IV , monophthongal and diphthongal rhymes Ch. V , final nasals Ch. VII , final stops Ch.
Handbook of Proto-Tibeto-Burman
Laurent Sagart Review: James A. Matisoff Handbook of Proto-Tibeto-Burman. System and philosophy of Sino-Tibeto-Burman Reconstruction. The book is meant to be a companion to the Sino-Tibetan Etymological Dictionary and Thesaurus volumes where the full cognate sets will eventually appear, but the first fascicle of the first volume, said p. After a general introductory chapter, the Handbook describes the PTB syllable canon.
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