Once again on methodology and argumentation in linguistics
Problems with the arguments for recasting Sino-Tibetan as “Trans-Himalayan”
There have been challenges to the received view of the structure of the Sino-Tibetan language family. This is all well and good, as we should constantly challenge our most basic assumptions. In this paper I look at the arguments presented with a view to convincing us to change our conception of Sino-Tibetan and to change the name of the family to “Trans-Himalayan”, and find them less than convincing, due to problems of fact and argumentation.
Keywords: Sino-Tibetan linguistics, Trans-Himalayan, argumentation, historical linguistics, Tibeto-Burman linguistics, Chinese linguistics
Published online: 02 February 2017
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