Affinity of Pyu to Tibeto-Burman languages

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Affinity of Pyu to Tibeto-Burman languages
Series Title:
Correspondence of Dr Charles Otto Blagden (MS 360895)
ToÊ» CinÊ» Khui, 1864-1930 ( Author, Primary )
Place of Publication:
Office of Supdt. Archaeological Survey, Burma
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Blagden, Charles Otto (1864-1949), orientalist
Blagden, Charles Otto, 1864-1949 ( lcna )
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Asia -- Myanmar -- Mandalay Region -- Mandalay District -- Mandalay
21.975 x 96.083333


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Transferred from the South East Asian Department, School of Oriental and African Studies, 1977
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Dr Charles Otto Blagden was born the 30th September 1864, the eldest son of William George Blagden. He was educated at Dulwich College and at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He was appointed to the Straits Settlements Civil Service in 1888 and held various administrative and judicial posts in Malacca and Singapore. He retired for health reasons in 1897. Returning to England he studied at Gray?s Inn and was called to the Bar in 1900. From 1910 he developed an academic career becoming Examiner in Malay at the University of London in that year. In 1917 he joined the newly-opened School of Oriental and African Studies as Lecturer in Malay Studies. He remained in the service of the School until 1935 when he retired as Reader in Malay Studies. At various dates he was a Vice-President of the Royal Anthropological Society and of the Royal Asiatic Society. His most important published work was (with W.W.Skeat) the comparative vocabulary of aboriginal races in Pagan races of the Malay Peninsula which appeared in 1906. Blagden also interested himself in Burmese studies especially Mon inscriptions. He died 25th August 1949.
General Note:
MS 360895. Box 1. Folder 2. Item 28
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VIAF (name authority) : Blagden, Charles Otto, 1864-1949 : URI
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This extract of an official report is believed to be in the public domain under UK Crown Copyright
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VIAF (name authority) : ToÊ» CinÊ» Khui, 1864-1930 : URI
General Note:
ToÊ» CinÊ» Khui wrote under the name Taw Sein Ko

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SOAS University of London
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Archives and Special Collections
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MS 360895 ( SOAS manuscript number )


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Affinity of Pyu to
Tibeto-Burman languages.

55. In paragraph 50 of my Report for 1911-12, I stated that
the living representative of the
ancient Pyu language is Kadu. In
corroboration of that theory, Mr.
Duroiselle, in footnote 1, page 15, of his Report for 1912-13,
says that to die is hi in Pyu and he in Kadu. At pages
379-380 of the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, April. 191
fr.Blagden gives a list of .Pyu words called from the fourth
text of the Myazedi Inscriptions.1 compared these words with
those of the Lolo (Mengh$&) and Liso (or Lisu)tribes given
in the Comparative Tables of the words of the Tibeto-Burman
languages of Yunnan and Western Ssuch^uan appended to Laviess
Yunnan :tfte link between. India and the Yangtze,and found the

following English similarities: Pyu hO 10 Li so
bon sa; za za
To die hi Hu-V 0 sho
Light hr a lie Hi
One ta chih Ti
Three ho S&o ba
To make se she

The Lo-lo call themselves Kei-su or Lel-su or ITgo-su,

Their Chinese name is ho-lo or more politely Yi-chia. But in

SSu-ob/uan they are more often called fan-tzu or fan-chia.


The Shans call them fyen 1 am inclined to think that the
derivation of the word .cyan-ma1, which has been a vexed
question among Oriental scholars,like Phayre and Bigafcdet,for
several decades past,may be solved by stating simply that it

is made up of the Chan word ....yen and the Chinese word,
^yen-man has been transformed to 1 yan-fna as a matter of
fact,the Lo-lo appear to be one of the main tribes,which were
welded into the Burmese race.The Liso are called Li-hsaw by
the Chans and Yaw-yen by the Kachins. The real Li-sos in


Davies1s Yunnanztne link between India and the Yangtze,


their natural,primitive state are to be bound in the valley
of the alween north of lat. 26 30 fhe late r..Litton of
the Chinese Consular nerviue has travelled through this part
of the balween valley and found them quite uninfluenced by
Chinese civilisation ?.uid living in a very primitive state
of savagery w

* i.W- 3$'2.

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