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The Classical Tibetan Language
The Classical Tibetan Language

The Classical Tibetan Language

by Stephan V Beyer

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Language

English

Publisher

Sri Satguru Publications

ISBN

8170303575 - Year: 1993 - Pages: 527

Binding

Paperback

Stephan V Beyer
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Author: Stephan V Beyer
Publisher: Sri Satguru Publications
Year: 1993
Language: English
Pages: 527
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170303575

Description

Among Asian languages, Tibetan is second only to Chinese in the depth of its historical record, with texts dating back as far as the eighth and ninth centuries, written in an alphabetic script that preserves the contemporaneous phonological features of the language. The Classical Tibetan Language is the first comprehensive description of the Tibetan language and is distinctive in that it treats the classical Tibetan language on its own terms rather than by means of descriptive categories appropriate to other languages, as has traditionally been the case.

Beyer presents the language as a medium of literary expression with great range, power, subtlety, and humor, not as an abstract object. He also deals comprehensively with a wide variety of linguistic phenomena as they are actually encountered in the classical texts, with numerous examples of idioms, common locutions, translation devices, neologisms, and dialectal variations.

Contents

DEDICATION

FOREWORD BY MATTHEW KAPSTEIN

PREFACE

1. Introduction
2. Transliteration
3. Tibetan in Context
4. The Writing System
5. Sounds
6. Syllables
7. Words
8. Inflections
9. Phrases
10. Simple Propositions
11. Complex Propositions
12. Sentences
13. Beyond the Sentence
14. Bibliography

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