Zhang Minquan (Communication University of China, Beijing) “A Critical Review of the Sino-Tibetan Hypothesis and its Research Methodology”


The so-called Sino-Tibetan language family is just an unverified hypothesis with its historical scope and the genetic relations between the two languages remaining a controversy, and with no academic achievements in this area universally accepted by scholars in the linguistic community so far.The hypothesis, therefore, has yet to be proved by scientific evidence. In this process scientific research methodology is of utmost importance.We cannot identify the basic vocabulary, choose cognate words, and reconstruct the phonological system merely out of our imagination.