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Tangut as a West Gyalrongic language

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Lai,  Yunfan
Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society;
CALC, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society;

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Lai, Y., Gong, X., Gates, J. P., & Jacques, G. (2020). Tangut as a West Gyalrongic language. Folia Linguistica, 54(s41): 0006, pp. 171-203. doi:10.1515/flih-2020-0006.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0007-DB9B-4
Abstract
This paper proposes that Tangut should be classified as a West Gyalrongic language in the Sino-Tibetan/Trans-Himalayan family. We examine lexical commonalities, case marking, partial reduplication, and verbal morphology in Tangut and in modern West Gyalrongic languages, and point out nontrivial shared innovations between Tangut and modern West Gyalrongic languages. The analysis suggests a closer genetic relationship between Tangut and Modern West Gyalrongic than between Tangut and Modern East Gyalrongic. This paper is the first study that tackles the exact linguistic affiliation of the Tangut language based on the comparative method.