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Dated language phylogenies shed light on the ancestry of Sino-Tibetan

Sagart, Laurent; Jacques, Guillaume; Lai, Yunfan; Ryder, Robin J; Thouzeau, Valentin; Greenhill, Simon; List, Johann Mattis


The Sino-Tibetan language family is one of the world's largest and most prominent families, spoken by nearly 1.4 billion people. Despite the importance of the Sino-Tibetan languages, their prehistory remains controversial, with ongoing debate about when and where they originated. To shed light on this debate we develop a database of comparative linguistic data, and apply the linguistic comparative method to identify sound correspondences and establish cognates. We then use phylogenetic methods...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019
Type: Journal article
Source: PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1817972116
Access Rights: Open Access


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