Bibliography: Laurent Sagart


No Limits to Borrowing

The Case of Bai and Chinese


The classification of the Bai Language within the Sino-Tibetan languages remains contentious, but it is obvious that Bai has over time incorporated a great number of Chinese loanwords. This paper works on the assumption that the two elements of disyllabic loanwords will have entered the Bai language at the same time to stratify the adoption of loanwords into several time periods.