COM.on C.A.5:e20/135-142   Online published on Dec.13, 2011.
The Trans-Himalayan phylum and its implications for population prehistory

George van Driem

Universität Bern, Switzerland

Abstract: The world’s second most populous language family straddles the Himalayas along the northern and southern flanks. The Trans-Himalayan language phylum has been known by various names since it was first recognized in 1823, such as Tibeto-Burman, Sino-Himalayan, Indo-Chinese, Sino-Tibetan and Sino-Kiranti. Each label presumes a different model of phylogenetic relationship. It is high time that empirically unsupported models be discarded. The structure of the language family as a whole is presented with special reference to Sinitic. The Trans-Himalayan model is amenable to accommodating new historical linguistic insights and can better inform other disciplines about ethnolinguistic prehistory than the competing language family models.

Recieved:  Sep.15, 2011   Accepted: Dec.3, 2011  Corresponding:

《现代人类学通讯》第五卷e20篇 第135-142页  2011年12月13日网上发行






收稿日期:2011年9月15日  修回日期:2011年12月3日 联系人:無我

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