The Tibeto-Burman Linguistics Domain

The Tibeto-Burman Linguistics Domain is meant to be a general umbrella for disseminating information about Tibeto-Burman languages, cultures, and linguistics, and for improving communication between scholars working on Tibeto-Burman languages and cultures. To post information or links on this site, contact Randy LaPolla. (In the page below, click on the titles for links to more information.)

Latest news

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Events related to Tibeto-Burman linguistics

Upcoming events

[Update on 11 May 2015] Due to the earthquakes in Nepal on 25 and 26 April 2015, the organisation committee of the 21st HLS has decided to postpone the symposium. Tentatively the 21st HLS will be held in Kathmandu in November 2015. All participants will be notified of more precise details as soon as possible.

The 21st Himalayan Languages Symposium will be held on 2 and 3 June 2015 by the Central Department of Linguistics of Tribhuvan University in Kirtipur, Kathmandu Valley. Download the second circular here.

The Himalayan Languages Symposium is an annual event that provides an open scholarly forum for scholars working on various aspects of languages of the greater Himalayas region: Burushaski, Kusunda, Tibeto-Burman, Indo-Iranian, Austroasiatic, Kradai, Andamanese, Nahali, Dravidian, or any other language of the area. The Symposium, in addition to Himalayan languages, also welcome contributions from related disciplines such as history, anthropology, archaeology and prehistory of the greater Himalayan regions. Scholars are invited to submit abstracts of papers dealing with any aspect of linguistics that is relevant to research on Himalayan languages. This encompasses descriptions of phonetics & phonology, morphology, syntax, discourse studies, semantics & pragmatics, language documentation and typology, as well as field reports of recently researched languages. In addition, abstracts of papers dealing with the history of the greater Himalayan region, population movements, genetic studies, anthropological studies, and contact with languages belonging to other linguistic families are invited for submission. More details can be found on the conference website here.

Past events

The 47th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics (ICSTLL47) was held in Yunnan, Kunming at Yunnan Normal University in mid-October 2014. The conference was held in collaboration with Yunnan Normal University’s Institute of Sino-Tibetan Studies. 

Nominalization and its Discontents: Workshop on Nominalization and its Uses in Tibeto-Burman Languages2006-2008, see link for information and downloads.

The STEDT database is available online!

The Sino-Tibetan Etymological Dictionary and Thesaurus project is pleased to announce that the project's principal lexicographic database is now available for public use via the world wide web. The database, which has been used in the preparation of several printed compendia in the domain of Sino-Tibetan linguistics, including The Handbook of Proto-Tibeto-Burman: System and Philosophy of Sino-Tibetan Reconstruction (2003) and The Tibeto-Burman Reproductive System: Toward an Etymological Thesaurus (2008), contains 432,976 lexical items from 566 languages, protolanguages, and dialects of the Sino-Tibetan linguistic area. An initial version of the web interface may be found at . Note that this web interface is new and not fully tested. It is designed to be simple and accessible, but it does not yet implement a great many features which we plan to incorporate in order to facilitate etymological research. The STEDT project plans several releases, both of improved software as well as the data itself, in the current grant cycle. Your feedback and suggestions are solicited. You may submit them via the website or email Further background on Sino-Tibetan and the STEDT Project can be found at

The Tibeto-Burman Linguistics listserve

This discussion list is a relatively informal and unmoderated forum for discussion of any aspect of the analysis of Tibeto-Burman languages (or possibly Sino-Tibetan in general) and the culture of their speakers. It is also a good place to announce events and activities relevant to linguists working on these languages. 
To join the list, send an e-mail to with no subject. In the body of the message type 

subscribe tibeto-burman-linguistics First_name Last_name 

Where "First_name", "Last_name" are the names of the subscriber. After that, to post a message to the list, send the message to

Other links

Recent publications and MA/PhD theses on Tibeto-Burman languages available for download

Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area is the only journal devoted to publishing articles on the languages of the Tibeto-Burman language family and their neighbors.

The Bibliography of Tibeto-Burman contains items related to all aspects of Tibeto-Burman linguistics and culture. There are two versions, sorted by author, and sorted by language.

Cado Vir Fallen heroes of the field of Tibeto-Burman linguistics.

Photos and videos of Tibeto-Burman peoples

The Rawang-Dulong-Anong Language and Culture Web Site is a joint effort by Randy J. LaPolla (linguistics), Dory Poa (linguistics), Stéphane GROS (anthropology), and Christiaan Klieger (anthropology). It presents information (lexical data, texts, analysis, photos) about the language and culture of the people known as the Rawang of Upper Burma, the Dulong of Yunnan, China, and the Anong, also of Yunnan, China.

The Qiang Language and Culture Web Site is a joint effort by Randy J. LaPolla (linguistics), Dory Poa (linguistics), and Wang Ming-ke (anthropology). It presents information information (lexical data, texts, analysis, photos) about the language and culture of the people known as the Qiang of northern Sichuan Province, China.

Links to Other Sites is a list of sites on other servers that are relevant to Tibeto-Burman languages and cultures.