Speaker: Mei-Shin (MSc. Bioinformatics; Master student in Computational Linguistics at Uni-Tü)
Title: Genetic and Linguistic Profile of the Sino-Tibetan Language Family
Abstract: The Sino-Tibetan language family stands out as one of the largest worldwide, with >400 languages and more first-language speakers than even Indo-European. Speakers of Sino-Tibetan languages can be divided into more than 18 distinct ethnic classes. Large quantities of the Sino-Tibetan languages and ethnic groups occur in a small region. This interesting pattern has long attracted research attention. Here, I present results from my recent investigation of how languages within this family relate to one another. Using phylogenetic methods, I also explore the association within various ethnic groups.