One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or denoting the division of the Sino-Tibetan language family that includes the many forms of Chinese.
- ‘Among Sinitic languages, there are at least seven or eight major branches that are mutually unintelligible.’
- ‘The introduction provides an up-to-date description of Sinitic languages in terms of history and geography, placing the goals of the volume into perspective.’
- ‘Southeast Asian governments have promoted national languages at the expense of Chinese-medium education, thus eroding one important base for the continuation of Sinitic culture in overseas Chinese communities.’
- ‘Not to do so will only lead to costly inefficiency for all users of Sinitic language materials.’
- ‘One of the unique features of the Sinitic languages is the quality of sound used to designate differences in meanings between words or syllables.’
Late 19th century: via late Latin from Greek sinai ‘the Chinese’, from Arabic ṣīn, denoting the Chinese empire.
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