Tibetan

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The Tibetan language comprises a wide range of spoken and written varieties whose known history dates from the 7th century AD to the present day. Its speakers inhabit a vast area in Central Asia and the Himalayas extending into seven modern nation states, while its abundant literature includes much of vital importance to the study of Buddhism. After surveying all the known varieties of Tibetan, including their geographical and historical background, this book concentrates on a phonological and grammatical description of the modern spoken Lhasa dialect, the standard spoken variety. The grammatical framework which has been specially devised to describe this variety is then applied to the written varieties of Preclassical and Classical Tibetan, demonstrating the fundamental unity of the language. The writing system is outlined, though all examples and texts are given in roman script and where appropriate, the International Phonetic Alphabet. The volume includes a comprehensive bibliography.
[London Oriental and African Language Library, 3]  1999.  xix, 372 pp.
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Table of Contents
Map
v
Preface
xi
Acknowledgements
xv
Abbreviations
xvii
Transcription of Tibetan
xix
1. Geography
1
2. History
13
3. Varieties of Tibetan
21
4. Levels of Analysis
47
5. Graphology
55
6. Phonology
69
7. Nouns and Noun Phrases
87
8. Verbs
105
9. Verb Phrases
115
10. Serial Verbs
171
11. Adjectives and Adjective Phrases
179
12. Clauses
191
13. Subordinate and Nominalised Clauses
219
14. Preclassical and Classical Tibetan
243
15. Texts
275
Appendices
289
Bibliography
307
Particle Index
357
General Index
365
“[...] this book offers an excellent overview of Lhasa Tibetan as well as some insights on PT and CT. This focus on a modern dialect makes the book especially valuable for linguists.”
“Whether one teaches Tibetan or uses Tibetan language sources in one's work, there is much to learn from Philip Denwood's book, and in some respects it is unrivalled.”
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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