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by Mark Andrew Williamson
Mon Mar 14, 2005 11:17 pm
Forum: Cantonese language forum
Topic: Vietnamese is sino-tibetan Part 2
Replies: 77
Views: 284400

I think the 20 is going to be abandoned, since the languages around are mostly decimal. Most "major" languages are, but then again most major languages come from a small number of different language families - Indo-European, Sino-Tibetan, Afro-Asiatic, Uralic, Altaic, Austro-Asiatic, Austronesian, ...
by Mark Andrew Williamson
Sun Mar 13, 2005 10:05 pm
Forum: Cantonese language forum
Topic: Vietnamese is sino-tibetan Part 2
Replies: 77
Views: 284400

I don't quite agree that a language affiliation should be based just by looking at the numbers alone. Numerals are some of the most simple words and they are more unlikely than most words to be replaced entirely with words from other languages. The only cases I have seen so far of a direct loan of ...
by Mark Andrew Williamson
Sat Mar 12, 2005 9:11 am
Forum: Cantonese language forum
Topic: Vietnamese is sino-tibetan Part 2
Replies: 77
Views: 284400

There are some who make a family of "Tai-Kadai+Hmong-Mien+Sino+Tibetan", and some say that this is outdated. Or are you thinking this as one of "Sino-Xenic" languages? I tend to agree with the Sino-Tai-Hmong grouping. It's not entirely solid, but it makes sense. And no, I am definitely not thinking...

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