Philip Denwood | SOAS, University of London
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.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Map | p. v
Preface | p. xi
Acknowledgements | p. xv
Abbreviations | p. xvii
Transcription of Tibetan | p. xix
1. Geography | p. 1
2. History | p. 13
3. Varieties of Tibetan | p. 21
4. Levels of Analysis | p. 47
5. Graphology | p. 55
6. Phonology | p. 69
7. Nouns and Noun Phrases | p. 87
8. Verbs | p. 105
9. Verb Phrases | p. 115
10. Serial Verbs | p. 171
11. Adjectives and Adjective Phrases | p. 179
12. Clauses | p. 191
13. Subordinate and Nominalised Clauses | p. 219
14. Preclassical and Classical Tibetan | p. 243
15. Texts | p. 275
Appendices | p. 289
Particle Index | p. 357
General Index | p. 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.”
Gonzalo Rubio, Ohio State University, USA
“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.”
Per Kværne, University of Oslo, in Acta Orientalia 53
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