Sino-Tibetan languages

East Asia
Linguistic classification:One of the world's major language families.
ISO 639-2 and 639-5:sit
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     Sino-Tibetan languages

The Sino-Tibetan languages form a language family composed of, at least, the Chinese and the Tibeto-Burman languages, including some 250 languages of East Asia. They are second only to the Indo-European languages in terms of their number of speakers.


A few scholars, most prominently Christopher Beckwith and Roy Andrew Miller, argue that Chinese is not related to Tibeto-Burman. They point to an absence of regular sound correspondences, an absence of reconstructable shared morphology,[1] and evidence that much shared lexical material has been borrowed from Chinese into Tibeto-Burman. In opposition to this view, scholars in favor of the Sino-Tibetan hypothesis such as W. South Coblin, Graham Thurgood, James Matisoff, and Gong Hwang-cherng have argued that there are regular correspondences in sounds as well as in grammar.


  1. Cf. Beckwith, Christopher I. 1996. "The Morphological Argument for the Existence of Sino-Tibetan." Pan-Asiatic Linguistics: Proceedings of the Fourth International Symposium on Languages and Linguistics, January 8-10, 1996. Vol. III, pp. 812-826. Bangkok: Mahidol University at Salaya.
Other Languages
azərbaycanca: Çin-Tibet dilləri
Bân-lâm-gú: Hàn-Chōng gí-hē
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Сына-тыбэцкія мовы
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Hon-chhông Ngî-hì
Bahasa Indonesia: Rumpun Bahasa Sino-Tibet
Lingua Franca Nova: Linguas xinotibetan
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Háng-cáung Ngṳ̄-hiê
norsk nynorsk: Sinotibetanske språk
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Sino-tibetanski jezici
Tiếng Việt: Ngữ hệ Hán-Tạng
吴语: 漢藏語系
粵語: 漢藏語系
中文: 汉藏语系