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Linguistic watersheds: a model for understanding variation among the Tibetic languages

Chamberlain, Brad


This study applies the observation of alignment between geographical watersheds and linguistic groupings to the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalayas. Tournadre (2014) estimates 220 Tibetic language varieties in 25 major groupings, sharing a common linguistic ancestry. Typological groupings can be readily identified through mapping human settlements to watersheds. For areas that have yet to be researched, consistent hypotheses for typological groupings can be arrived at. Next to explaining...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015-12
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (JSEALS) 8 (2015): 71-96


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