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By Anthony Diller, Jerry Edmondson, Yongxian Luo

The Routledge Language relatives sequence is geared toward undergraduates and postgraduates of linguistics and language, or people with an curiosity in ancient linguistics, linguistics anthropology and language improvement.

With with regards to a hundred million audio system, Tai-Kadai constitutes one of many world's significant language households. The Tai-Kadai Languages presents a distinct, accomplished, single-volume tome protecting a lot wanted grammatical descriptions within the region.

It provides an incredible evaluate of Thai that incorporates huge cross-referencing to different sections of the amount and sign-posting to resources within the bibliography. the quantity additionally contains a lot new fabric on Lao and different Tai-Kadai languages, a number of of that are defined right here for the 1st time.

Much-needed and hugely necessary, The Tai-Kadai Languages is a key paintings for pros and scholars in linguistics, in addition to anthropologists and region stories specialists.

ANTHONY V. N. DILLER is origin Director of the nationwide Thai stories Centre, on the Australian nationwide collage.

JEROLD A. EDMONDSON is Professor of Linguistics on the college of Texas Arlington and a member of the Academy of exotic students.

YONGXIAN LUO is Senior Lecturer within the Asia Institute on the collage of Melbourne and a member of the Australian Linguistic Society.

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Ting (2002) reevaluated Li’s 1976 position, citing supporting evidence from recent progress in Chinese historical linguistics, as did Pan (2002), who considered Sino-Tai link in a wider context. Lan (2003), too, was concerned with different strata of Sino-Tai words. Unlike Gong and Manomaivibool, Lan’s focus is on the sound correspondences between Chinese and the Zhuang dialects in South China’s Guangxi province, which the largest group of Tai speakers in China inhabit. By comparing Tai forms with Old Chinese and Middle Chinese reconstructions by earlier scholars, he was able to draw a rough picture of the linguistic interaction between Chinese and the Zhuang at different stages in history.

Mei, Tsu-lin and Jerry Norman (1971) Shilun jige minbei fangyan zhong de laimu s- sheng zi [CL- > S- in some Northern Min dialects]. Tsinghua Journal of Chinese Studies 1 & 2: 95-106. Nie, Hongyin (2002) ‘Shenceng duiying xianyi [Comments on ‘deep correspondence’]’, Minzu Yuwen 1: 1-7. SINO-TAI AND TAI-KADAI: ANOTHER LOOK 27 Nishida, Tatsuo (1960) ‘Common Tai and Archaic Chinese’, Transactions of the Kansai University Institute of Oriental and Occidental Studies 49: 1-15. Norman, Jerry, and Mei Tsulin (1976) ‘The Austroasiatic in South China: some lexical evidence’, Monumenta Serica 32: 274-301.

Scholars in the field are constantly citing Tai materials as supporting evidence (Nishida 1960, Haudricourt 1956, 1974, Li 1970, Benedict 1976, Bodman 1980, Baxter 1992). Indeed, the significance of Tai in OC reconstruction cannot be overestimated, as shall be seen below. 1. Initial clusters in OC as retained in Tai It is generally believed that a number of initial clusters should be reconstructed for Old Chinese (Karlgren, Li, Gong, Baxter). The argument behind this is that in Chinese orthography, there are a significant number of xiesheng characters where alternations of stop initials (p, b, t, d, k, g) and liquid l- are most common.

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