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By Stephan V. Beyer

Between Asian languages, Tibetan is moment simply to chinese language within the intensity of its ancient checklist, with texts courting again so far as the 8th and 9th centuries, written in an alphabetic script that preserves the contemporaneous phonological beneficial properties of the language.

The Classical Tibetan Language is the 1st finished description of the Tibetan language and is detailed in that it treats the classical Tibetan language by itself phrases instead of by way of descriptive different types applicable to different languages, as has typically been the case. Beyer offers the language as a medium of literary expression with nice variety, energy, subtlety, and humor, no longer as an summary item. He additionally bargains comprehensively with a wide selection of linguistic phenomena as they're truly encountered within the classical texts, with various examples of idioms, universal locutions, translation units, neologisms, and dialectal variations.

"Beyer's paintings is the 1st grammar of classical literary Tibetan that adopts a really clean method of the language, leaving behind the drained (and usually misguided) conventions of Indo-European grammar that dominate the to be had textbooks. notwithstanding a few of his conclusions and assertions will be debatable, Beyer forces us to contemplate the special positive factors of Tibetan in a not easy and lively model. His many examples, drawn from all branches of the literature, are superb.

"The fields of Buddhist stories, Asian heritage, and Comparative Literature have all suffered a result of constrained entry to Tibetan fundamental assets. Beyer's ebook will considerably give a contribution to rectifying this country of affairs."– Matthew Kapstein, Columbia college

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