|Remark: Article by George van Driem.
The hypothesis of a genetic relationship between Chinese and Tibeto-Burman has developed over the course of two centuries, but even today this genetic relationship is not uncontested. Sino-Tibetan was the name given to the language family encompassing Chinese and the Tibeto-Burman languages. New descriptions of poorly documented and previously uncharted Tibeto-Burman languages and advances in Old Chinese historical phonology have enabled detailed linguistic comparison and an historical reconstruction of common morphology. These investigations have resulted in a new hypothesis which has replaced Sino-Tibetan by proposing a closer genetic relationship between Chinese and the Bodic languages. The hypothesis entails that Chinese and Bodic together make up a single branch named Sino-Bodic within the Tibeto-Burman language family.|