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Kinship in Southeastern Asia By Paul K. Benedict
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Volume 6 in the STEDT Monograph Series presents a facsimile edition of the ground-breaking Kinship in Southeastern Asia (1941, doctoral dissertation, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University),... More > by the late Paul K. Benedict (1912-1997). This expansive volume treats kinship terms in Tibeto-Burman (which it divides into Tibetan, Western Sub-Himalayan, Eastern Sub-Himalayan, Lepcha, Miri and northern Assam, Kachin, Nung, Burmese and Lolo, Konyak, Garo and Bodo, Mikir, Meithei, Mru, Kuki, Naga) on the one hand, and Karen and Chinese on the other.< Less
Variational Semantics in Tibeto-Burman By James A. Matisoff
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This is a STEDT Facsimile Edition of James A. Matisoff's pioneering 1978 book Variational Semantics in Tibeto-Burman: The "organic" approach to linguistic comparison. This volume explores... More > strategies for sub-grouping Tibeto-Burman (TB) languages, addressing phonological, morphological, and morphophonemic criteria for determining genetic relations. Matisoff here defines many of the key concepts underlying his influential linguistic theories and findings, including "semantic fields", "semantic systems", and "multi-dimensional semantic space", looking in particular at TB body-part terms, and charting the complex semantic relations among TB internal organs.< Less
Proto-Kuki-Chin By Kenneth VanBik
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Volume 8 in the STEDT Monograph Series presents Proto-Kuki-Chin: A Reconstructed Ancestor of the Kuki-Chin Languages, a revision of Kenneth VanBik’s 2006 doctoral dissertation (Department of... More > Linguistics, UC Berkeley). This book represents a high-water mark in our understanding of the history of the Kuki-Chin branch of Tibeto-Burman. Nearly 1400 reconstructed cognate sets are presented, at various taxonomic levels: Proto-Kuki-Chin, Proto-Central-Chin, Proto-Northern-Chin, and Proto-Maraic. Special attention is paid to the subgrouping of this highly ramified family, based on the patterns of shared phonological innovations which the various languages display.< Less
Languages and Dialects of Tibeto-Burman By James A. Matisoff
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A substantially revised version of Matisoff’s 1986 list of Tibeto-Burman languages, published in Contributions to Sino-Tibetan Studies (John McCoy and Timothy Light (Eds.), Leiden: E. J.... More > Brill), included as an Appendix in this new printing. The work includes 1,294 main entries with thousands of additional cross-references, ethnolinguistic details, and “allonyms” (Matisoff’s term for the various referents used for languages and peoples), including “autonyms” (the name people use for themselves) and “exonyms” (the names other people use to refer to them). Also included are bibliographic citations and statistics relating the names in the work to those used in STEDT online databases.< Less
Phonological Inventories of Tibeto-Burman Languages By Ju Namkung
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Contains phonological information on over 150 Tibeto-Burman languages and dialects, gathered from numerous published and unpublished sources. The monograph has a two-fold purpose. First, it will... More > serve as a companion to forthcoming STEDT volumes, providing a key to the various transcription systems employed in the STEDT database. Second, it can stand on its own as a general reference tool which gathers in a single volume 270 treatments of Tibeto-Burman phonological systems, each comprising symbols and their phonetic values, interpretive notes, and sources. In addition, the monograph is indexed by language and dialect name, by subgroup and by STEDT source abbreviation, making it a convenient and invaluable reference for the Tibeto-Burman linguist.< Less
A Descriptive Grammar of Daai Chin By Helga So-Hartmann
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Volume 7 in the STEDT Monograph Series presents A Descriptive Grammar of Daai Chin, Helga So-Hartmann’s 2008 doctoral dissertation (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of... More > London). This is the most detailed and sophisticated grammar of a Chin language to have appeared since Eugénie J.A. Henderson’s classic (1965) study of Tiddim (Northern Chin group). The Daai language is an important member of the Southern Chin group, with about 45,000 speakers. Chin State is in western Myanmar, and the Daai Chin people live in the interior of the Southern Chin Hills in about 160 villages spread out over the four townships Mindat, Kanpetlet, Paletwa and Matupi.< Less
Sino-Tibetan: A Conspectus By Paul K. Benedict
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STEDT facsimile edition, of the 1978 hardcover version, reprinted by permission. From the original dust jacket: The first comprehensive account of Sino-Tibetan, a language stock comparable in size... More > and diversification to Indo-European and comprising Chinese, Karen and over a hundred Tibeto-Burman languages. Dr Benedict presents a systematic analysis of the morphology and phonology of the main descendants of the stock, traces their familyrelationships and reconstructs in outline the parent language, Sino-Tibetan. There is a glossary of Tibeto-Burman roots and an English-Tibeto-Burman index, which should prove of especial value as a working-tool for scholars. The present book was first drafted many years ago. Dr Benedict has since made extensive annotations on the original manuscript, and Professor James A. Matisoff has added many notes on bibliography and the Burmese-Lolo group of languages.< Less
Proto Northern Chin By Christopher Button
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Number 10 in the STEDT Monograph Series presents Proto Northern Chin. This represents a thoroughly updated and revised version of Christopher Button’s 2009 doctoral dissertation (School of... More > Oriental and African Studies, University of London). The work is based on fieldwork conducted by Button in Burma (2006-07) on six Northern Chin languages (Mizo, Zahau, Thado, Zo, Tedim, Sizang) and is divided into two sections. Volume 1, An Old Burmese and Old Chinese Perspective, includes chapters on Northern Chin Phonology, Northern Chin Morphology, Old Burmese, Old Chinese, Sino-Tibetan/Tibeto-Burman, and concludes with a list of Sino-Tibetan Comparative Sets. Volume 2, An Etymological Dictionary of Northern Chin, is devoted entirely to Proto Northern Chin reconstructions, arranged in Proto Northern Chin alphabetical order and by English glosses. On the cover: Author’s photographs of Chin textiles.< Less
Southern Lisu Dictionary By David Bradley
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The Lisu are a group of just under a million people, with nearly 600,000 in southwestern China, over 300,000 in northeastern Burma, over 40,000 in northern Thailand, and about 1,200 in five villages... More > in northeastern India. Lisu is also spoken as a mother tongue by at least 20,000 non-Lisu in Nujiang Prefecture in China, and as a second language by many more there and in the Putao area of northern Burma. The language is one of the major components of the Central Ngwi subgroup of the Ngwi (Loloish, Yi Branch) group within the Burmic (Burmese-Lolo, Lolo-Burmese) branch of Tibeto-Burman. The Southern dialect group is found in Thailand, in Burma around Mogok and in various parts of the Shan State such as in the southwest near Taunggyi and in the southeast around Kengtung; also formerly in far southwestern Yunnan.< Less