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A branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family that includes Tibetan and Burmese.

Ti·bet′o-Bur′man adj.
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(Languages) a branch of the Sino-Tibetan family of languages, sometimes regarded as a family in its own right. Compare Sinitic
(Languages) belonging or relating to this group of languages
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(tɪˈbɛt oʊˈbɜr mən)

a language family, a branch of the Sino-Tibetan family, that includes Tibetan, Burmese, and the languages of many peoples of the Himalayan periphery and upland regions of S, S central, and SE Asia.
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Noun1.Tibeto-Burman - a branch of the Sino-Tibetan family of languages spoken from Tibet to the Malay Peninsula
Sino-Tibetan, Sino-Tibetan language - the family of tonal languages spoken in eastern Asia
Qiang, Qiangic - the Tibeto-Burman language spoken in Sichuan
Bai, Baic - the Tibeto-Burman language spoken in the Dali region of Yunnan
Himalayish - the Tibeto-Burman language spoken in Tibet and Nepal and Bhutan and Sikkim
Kamarupan - the Tibeto-Burman language spoken in northeastern India and adjacent regions of western Burma
Karen, Karenic - the Tibeto-Burman language spoken in the Thailand and Burmese borderlands
Burmese-Yi, Lolo-Burmese - the Tibeto-Burman language spoken in northern Burma and Yunnan
Kachin, Kachinic - Tibeto-Burman languages spoken in northernmost Burma and adjacent China and India
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It likely evolved from contact between Mongols and local minorities, especially the Ngwi, and linguists consider it to be a separate language within the Ngwi family, a branch of the Burmese-Ngwi group within the Tibeto-Burman phylum.
Interestingly the name Varman, meaning armour, appears mostly in royal names at the edges of the Indic world, among Dravidian, Mon-Khmer and Tibeto-Burman Dynasties.
In her informative study of the Phunoy, a Tibeto-Burman group in northern Laos, French anthropologist Vanina Boute shatters many generalized assumptions concerning 'Zomian' populations.
On the other hand, the Rakhine language is an archaic dialect of today's Burman language, which is classified as the Tibeto-Burman branch of Sino-Tibetan phylum.
Tibeto-Burman animists who probably migrated here from China some 800 years ago, the Idu Mishmi were known to early British explorers of the region as a savage, quarrelsome bunch none too fond of foreign interlopers.
The Raute are a nomadic Tibeto-Burman ethnic group legitimately accepted by the Government of Nepal.
This paper was motivated by the authors' serendipitous discovery that a computer simulation of the emergence of case marking produced results that are uncannily similar to attested grammaticalization pathways and patterns of core case marking observed in the grammars of many Tibeto-Burman (henceforth TB) languages with pragmatically-motivated case marking.
The nationalists view Rohingya as an illegitimate colonial import, not in keeping with the Buddhist Tibeto-Burman character, and refer to them as "Bengalis."
(5) observed that in seven different areas of Assam, the highest prevalence of HbE gene disorder was among the Tibeto-Burman speakers groups of Kacharis, Garos, Rabhas, Lalungs, Rajbanshis.
“Team members wishing to learn some phrases in advance face a challenge with many local Tibeto-Burman languages spoken across the region.
While much of Burma's complex ethnic history remains unknown, four main ethnographic lines of descent are recognized: Mon-Khmer, Burman/Rakhine, Shan/Tai and Tibeto-Burman. Geographically, the Burmans (Bamar) predominate in the flood plains of the great rivers, the Mon-Khmer in the southeast, the Shan in the eastern hills, Tibeto-Burmans in the northern mountains and Rakhine in the northwest.
More to the point, although longhouses, with one revealing exception to be noted below, are not reported for Tibeto-Burman or Tai-Kadai speakers, Lebar, Hickey and Musgrave (1964) report longhouses among at least fifteen Mon-Khmer groups, including the Alak (135), Cao (138), Cheng (139), Halang (139), Halang Doan (139), Jeh (140), Kasseng (140), Katang (141), Ngeh (144), Sedang (146), Sou (151), Tau-Oi (151), Ma (153), Mnong (154), and Senoi (177).