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

Chamberlain, Brad

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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]

dc.contributor.authorChamberlain, Brad
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-20T22:46:08Z
dc.date.available2015-12-20T22:46:08Z
dc.identifier.issn1836-6821
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/95120
dc.description.abstractThis 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 anomalous data within a particular area or how certain linguistic features spread, a watershed-based map identifies possible linguistic areas to be researched. The concept is applied in detail to the watersheds and languages of Bhutan and then expanded out to the broader Tibetan region.
dc.publisherAsia-Pacific Linguistics
dc.rightsCopyright vested in the author; Creative Commons Attribution License
dc.sourceJournal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (JSEALS) 8 (2015): 71-96
dc.subjectBodish
dc.subjectwatershed
dc.subjectvariation
dc.titleLinguistic watersheds: a model for understanding variation among the Tibetic languages
dc.typeJournal article
local.identifier.citationvolume8
dc.date.issued2015-12
local.publisher.urlhttp://jseals.org
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage71
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage96
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
CollectionsJournal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (JSEALS)
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