American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family that includes Tibetan and Burmese.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Ranging from Tibet to Burma, or including the Tibetan and Burmese languages: applied specifically to a group of languages, belonging to the Indo-Chinese family, spoken in central and southeastern Asia, especially in Tibet, Assam, and Burma. Cust (“Sketch of the Modern Languages of the East Indies,” pp. 88–116) enumerates 87 languages and 84 dialects of this group.
- adj. Of, or relating to, both Tibet and Burma
- adj. linguistics Of the Tibeto-Burman languages, one of the subgroups of the Sino-Tibetan language family.
- n. a branch of the Sino-Tibetan family of languages spoken from Tibet to the Malay Peninsula
“Mr. HARRISON: It is a Tibeto-Burman language, which situates it within a very large family of languages.”
“As a matter of formal classification, Koro belongs to the Tibeto-Burman language family, a group of some 400 languages that includes Tibetan and Burmese, the linguists said.”
“Some 150 Tibeto-Burman languages are spoken in India alone.”
“For the genealogical patronymic linkage system, for instance, see Luo Changpei (Lo Ch'angp'ei), "The Genealogical Patronymic System of the Tibeto-Burman Speaking Tribes," Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 8, no.”
“Hruso is a Tibeto-Burman language spoken by 4,000 people in Arunachal Pradesh, India.”
“I always was a sucker for those Tibeto-Burman languages....”
“This is a Tibeto-Burman language spoken by more than 300,000 people in eastern Nepal as well as parts of Myanmar, Bhutan and India.”
“Researching the matter further, I discovered that the Mizos, who number fewer than a million, are Tibeto-Burman — a different race with a different culture from the other billion-plus people of India.”
“The Tibetan language is a member of the Tibeto-Burman branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family.”
“By the 3rd century C.E., expanding Hindu peoples had established commercial settlements on the Tenasserim coast and at the principal river mouths, which developed small kingdoms in contact with the Tibeto-Burman tribes of the Irrawaddy Valley.”
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