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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.
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(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
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(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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These findings indicate that the actual confrontation between religion and the state on the Sino-Tibetan frontier was more complicated than jurisdictional disputes between an idealized hierarchical Buddhist clergy and a monolithic state apparatus.
Although genetic classification in Sino-Tibetan very much remains a nascent work in progress, and many languages are still unclassified with respect to their branch affiliation, it is likely that at least six branches of Sino-Tibetan are represented by the abovementioned languages.
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.
(97.) See Sino-Tibetan Dialogue, supra note 33, at 16 (noting the 1993 protest in Lhasa over similar issues having to do with economic exclusion).
The Strasbourg Proposal is the most reasonable basis for Sino-Tibetan talks.
Bhutia says all these behoove a grim and uncertain future for all stakeholders in the Sino-Tibetan problem.
From the above brief review, it is clear that the rulers that ruled Arakan, in centuries before the Sino-Tibetan invasion in the 10th and 11th centuries, were of Indian descent, as were the people (the so-called Kalas) who lived there.
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.