This paper studied the word order correlations in Sino-Tibetan languages of China. This study covers 54 languages, including 33 Tibeto-Burman languages, 15 Kam-Tai languages, 5 Homong-Mien (Miao-Yao) languages and the Mandarin.
This paper examined the order of subject, object and verb, order of adposition and noun phrase, order of genitive and noun, order of adjective and noun, order of demonstrative and noun, order of numeral, classifier and noun, order of relative clause and noun.
Sino-Tibetan languages of China show different word order association rules with Sino-Tibetan languages in WALS and East Asian languages. Some results is consistent with word order universals and some others shows unique word order association rules. Especially, we found that the order of numeral and adposition or object shows a strong correlation. This founding is that has never been mentioned in previous studies.