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See Dixon 1995, Chapter 2, and also Hale and Watters 1973 on semantic marking vs grammatical marking. 28 THE SINO-TIBETAN LANGUAGES classifiers, both in TB and among Chinese dialects, have developed a use of the classifiers that resembles definite or specific marking. g. Rawang lèg% tiq bok [book one CL] ‘one book’, lèg% bok ‘the book’, Cantonese yat55 ga33 che55 [one CL vehicle] ‘one car’, ga33 che55 (roughly) ‘the car’. This feature is an areal feature of part of Southeast Asia (Baron 1973). In terms of word order, all ST languages have GENITIVE-HEAD order and MODIFIERMODIFIED order in N-N structures (the former is actually a subcase of the latter in PST).

The word for ‘eat’), mostly from Mon. The earliest Burmese inscriptions were in Mon script, with subsequent inscriptions in the developing Burmese script as well as in Pali (an Indic language), in Mon (a Mon-Khmer language (the largest subgroup of Austroasiatic)), and occasionally even in Pyu (an extinct Tibeto-Burman language). The Loloish languages are divided into Northern, Central, and Southern, on what initially might appear to be an exclusively geographical basis; however, here, the subgrouping finds substantiation in patterns of shared innovations.

This would seem to point to the change in word order as being relatively recent. e. relative clauses) can follow the head. Karen does not appear to have a preverbal focus position; from the data in Solnit 1997, it seems that focus position is sentence-final as in Modern Chinese. In terms of phrase-internal order, Karen is very similar to Old Chinese, differing mainly in terms of having HEAD-ATTRIBUTE order as the unmarked word order, as opposed to Chinese, which has it only as a marked order.

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