- Jul 2014
I know. Putonghua dialect shares even less cognates with Tibetan than many other Chinese dialects but my point is that for every cognates that is shared by the TIbetan-Chinese language there is hundred times more cognates that is shared between the Indo-European languages.Some of those cognates between Tibetan and Putonghua might not be that evident since both (but especially Putonghua) have undergone through many sound changes. But if you study some historical linguistics and know some Middle or Old Chinese you would recognize that it was a language closely related to Tibetan.
Forget "Sino-Tibetan" cognates even the "TIbetan-Burmese" language system cognates are much smaller in numbers than any Indo european speaking language group.
Please check out the book " Indo-European Cognate Dictionary" and be astounded by the numbers of Indo european cognates.