Non-Sinitic Languages of Tibet
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In 1896 August Conrady divided the languages then known as Indo-Chinese into a western Tibeto-Burman (TB) group and an eastern Siamese-Chinese group. This classification was taken up by Robert Shafer (1974), who divided the languages, renamed Sino-Tibetan in 1935, into four divisions…

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Roland BIELMEIER †, “Non-Sinitic Languages of Tibet”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 24 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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