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Review: Sino-Tibetan: Inspection of a Conspectus

Reviewed Work: Sino-Tibetan, a Conspectus by Paul K. Benedict, James A. Matisoff
Review by: Roy Andrew Miller
Journal of the American Oriental Society
Vol. 94, No. 2 (Apr. - Jun., 1974), pp. 195-209
DOI: 10.2307/600891
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/600891
Page Count: 15
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Abstract

Benedict's recent contribution to the comparative and historical study of the languages generally held to constitute a "Sino-Tibetan" family (but minus the Thai languages), a somewhat revised first-publication of his manuscript of the 1940's, is studied, first with attention to its relationship to the still unpublished Berkeley Mss. volumes of the "Sino-Tibetan linguistics project," particularly as reflected in the publications of R. Shafer, then with special reference to Benedict's methodology, stressing the divergence of his "generalizations" from the "sound-law" concept of conventional historical linguistics, as well as to the question of how usefully the editor of the volume has been able to up-date its contents in the light of the progress in these studies since the 1940's.

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