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 (sī′nō-tĭ-bĕt′n, sĭn′ō-)
A language family that includes the Sinitic and Tibeto-Burman branches.

Si′no-Ti·bet′an adj.


(Languages) a family of languages that includes most of the languages of China, as well as Tibetan, Burmese, and possibly Thai. Their most noticeable phonological characteristic is the phonemic use of tones
(Languages) belonging or relating to this family of languages


(ˌsaɪ noʊ tɪˈbɛt n, ˌsɪn oʊ-)

a language family of E Asia, having as major branches Chinese and the Tibeto-Burman languages.
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Noun1.Sino-Tibetan - the family of tonal languages spoken in eastern Asia
natural language, tongue - a human written or spoken language used by a community; opposed to e.g. a computer language
Sinitic, Sinitic language - a group of Sino-Tibetan languages
Tibeto-Burman, Tibeto-Burman language - a branch of the Sino-Tibetan family of languages spoken from Tibet to the Malay Peninsula
Kadai, Kadai language, Kam-Tai - a family of Sino-Tibetan languages spoken in southeastern Asia
Burma, Myanmar, Union of Burma - a mountainous republic in southeastern Asia on the Bay of Bengal; "much opium is grown in Myanmar"
Cathay, China, Communist China, mainland China, People's Republic of China, PRC, Red China - a communist nation that covers a vast territory in eastern Asia; the most populous country in the world
Sitsang, Thibet, Tibet, Xizang - an autonomous region of the Peoples Republic of China; located in the Himalayas
Kingdom of Thailand, Siam, Thailand - a country of southeastern Asia that extends southward along the Isthmus of Kra to the Malay Peninsula; "Thailand is the official name of the former Siam"
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While no Chinese source has been identified, and Stein himself notes that his English translation is partial and tentative, the study serves as a useful reminder of the encounters between religious, cultural, and linguistic traditions along the Sino-Tibetan border.
Zhang (2012) has similarly argued: "[--] the so-called Sino-Tibetan language family is just a unverified hypothesis, [--] with no academic achievements in this area universally accepted by scholars in the linguistic community so far.
In terms of analytical depth, probably more could have been done to show why Hollywood portrayed the Sino-Tibetan conflict the way it did.
See Sino-Tibetan Dialogue, supra note 33, at 16 (noting the 1993 protest in Lhasa over similar issues having to do with economic exclusion).
He urged that both Chinese and Tibetan sides should come together to resolve the Sino-Tibetan issue peacefully, for mutual benefits.
Other articles in this section discuss specific Sino-Tibetan authors and the tensions around their hybrid identities.
Manuscripts and travellers; the Sino-Tibetan documents of a tenth-century Buddhist pilgrim.
Diane Wolff, author of Tibet Unconquered and a 2011 nominee for the Women's Courage in Journalism Award, examines the complex past and present Sino-Tibetan relationship.
The languages spoken by the Indian population can be divided into four language families: the Austric (Nishad), Dravidian (Dravid), Sino-Tibetan (Kirat), and Indo-European (Aryan) families.
Tibetan Nation: A History of Tibetan Nationalism and Sino-Tibetan Relations (New Delhi: Harper Collins India, 1997), 161.
principles with respect to human rights, religious freedom, political prisoners, and economic development projects in Tibet, the TPA established in statute the State Department position of Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues; required a number of annual reporting requirements on Sino-Tibetan negotiations, both by the State Department and by the congressionally established Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC); mandated the provision of Tibetan language training to interested foreign service officers in the U.
Sinitic languages belong to the so-called Sino-Tibetan language family (Hanzang yuxi), which is one of the largest in the world.