James A. Matisoff

List of John Benjamins publications for which James A. Matisoff plays a role.

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This brief note proposes a new Proto-Sino-Tibetan etymon for FIELD-DIKE, the dike between irrigated paddy fields, and provides an etymology relating Chinese and Lahu forms. It also discusses related etymologies with similar rhymes in Lahu and their reflexes in Burmese. There is also a postscript on… read more | Article
Review article
Matisoff, James A. 2013 The dinguist’s dilemma: Regular and sporadic l/d interchange in Sino-Tibetan and elsewhereFunctional-Historical Approaches to Explanation: In honor of Scott DeLancey, Thornes, Tim, Erik Andvik, Gwendolyn Hyslop and Joana Jansen (eds.), pp. 83–104
This paper explores interactions between the lateral liquid l and the voiced stop d (with parenthetical remarks about n and t as well) in a variety of language families, especially Sino-Tibetan/Tibeto-Burman. These apical sounds participate both in synchronic patterns of variation and in diachronic… read more | Article
Matisoff, James A. 1991 Areal and universal dimensions of grammatization in LahuApproaches to Grammaticalization: Volume II. Types of grammatical markers, Traugott, Elizabeth Closs and Bernd Heine (eds.), pp. 383 ff.