Chinese Loanwords in the Languages of Southeast Asia
(6,706 words)

1. Overview

Chinese culture and language have been spreading from modern-day Central China southward into the region of Southern China and Southeast Asia for thousands of years. In many regions of Southern China, sinification has led to complete absorption or displacement of the original groups. However, with respect to Tai-…

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Mark ALVES, “Chinese Loanwords in the Languages of Southeast Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 18 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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