Sino-Tibetan Languages, a family of languages spoken in China, parts of Southeast Asia, and along the Himalayas, a mountain system in south central Asia. Sino-Tibetan (ST) is one of the largest language families in the world, with more first-language speakers than even Indo-European. The more than billion speakers of Sinitic (the Chinese dialects) constitute the world's largest speech community. ST includes both the Sinitic and the Tibeto-Burman languages. There are more native speakers of Sino-Tibetan languages than of any other language family in the world. Records of these languages are among the oldest for.


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A few examples of similar words in Old Tibetan sino tibetan languages Old Chinese, respectively, follow: The American linguist Paul Benedict brought in material from other Sino-Tibetan languages and laid down the rule that the comparative linguist should accept perfect phonetic correspondences with inexact though close semantic equivalences in preference to perfect semantic equivalences with questionable phonetic correspondences.

Sino-Tibetan Language Family

New material and competent descriptions later made it possible to reconstruct important features of common ancestral languages within major divisions of Sino-Tibetan notably Lolo, Baric, Tibetic, Kachin, Kukish, Karenic, Sinitic.

Interrelationship of the language groups The position of Proto-Sino-Tibetan can be defined in terms of a chain of interrelated languages and language groups: Sinitic is connected with Tibetic through a body of shared vocabulary and typological features, similarly Tibetic with Baric, Baric with Burmic, and Burmic with Karenic.

The chain continues at both ends, connecting Sinitic to Tai and Tai to Austronesian and also connecting Karenic with Austroasiatic. Considerations of basic vocabulary versus cultural loans and diffusion versus inheritance have led scholars to believe that only the members of the chain from Sinitic to Karenic share a common ancestral language; especially Sinitic and Karenic are under sino tibetan languages for containing only superstrata of Sino-Tibetan origin.

There were five continuant sounds s, z, r, l, and h and two semivowels w, y.

The Sino-Tibetan Language Family

In final position there was only one set of stops, but there were a number of initial and final clusters mainly resulting from the addition of prefixes and suffixes.

Three degrees of vowel opening existed sino tibetan languages two members in each: Length may have been relevant also with the i and u and e and o vowels. The conditioning factors that led to the development of tones can be shown to have been voiced—voiceless contrast in initial and final consonants and consonant clusters.

Because the conditioning factors were involved with morphological process affixation and consonant alternationtonal systems could also acquire certain grammatical or structural functions.


An independent morphological system involved or resulted in vowel alternation. Proto-Sinitic Greater dissimilarity is encountered with respect to Proto-Sinitic.

The contrast of aspirated and unaspirated voiceless stops in initial position is sino tibetan languages likely the result of lost initial cluster elements as in Proto-Tibeto-Burman. The voiced stops possibly also had the aspirated—unaspirated distinction.

Unlike Tibeto-Burman, two series of stops in syllable final position are posited for Old Chinese, but it is not clear if the contrast involved voicing or other features. Sino tibetan languages series is in general without an exact correspondence in Tibeto-Burman languages, but Burmish Maru has final stops in a number of these words.

There are also many non-tonal Tibeto-Burmese languages. Grammar Chinese branch Members of this branch tend to be analytic.

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In an analytic language words are not inflected to show grammatical relations. Chinese, or Sinitic languages, and Tibeto-Burman. The Tibeto-Burman subfamily comprises many more languages than the Chinese sino tibetan languages, but Chinese languages are spoken by many more people.


Although they are all written in the same system, the main variants of Chinese are not considered dialects. Linguists classify these variants as separate languages on the basis of differences in their vocabularies and sino tibetan languages.