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Essentials of Modern Literary Tibetan

Melvyn C. Goldstein (Author)
Synopsis "Half of the words are read by implications." This Tibetan saying explains the main difficulty Westerners face in learning to read Tibetan fluently. Unlike previously available materials, this book will allow beginners to understand the logic of Tibetan grammar and syntax through graded reading and narrative explanations. The large glossary, which includes particles and is indexed by page, will serve as an invaluable reference for readers of Tibetan at all levels. The reading course includes the Tibetan alphabet and its pronunciation, as well as a wide range of modern literary styles from literature, history, current affairs, newspapers, and even communist political essays. Cassette tapes to assist students learning on their own are available through Case Western Reserve University's Center for Research on Tibet. "This [grammar] will make the study of written Tibetan a lot easier and more pleasant that it has been up to now."-James A. Matisoff, University of California, Berkeley. "The first really practical general grammar of the language."-F.K. Lehman, University of Illinois
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About the author

Melvyn C. Goldstein

Melvyn C. Goldstein is John Reynolds Harkness Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Case Western Reserve University as well as Director of the University's Center for Research on Tibet. He is author or coauthor of over eighty articles and books on Tibet, including A History of Modern Tibet, (1989), Essentials of Modern Literary Tibetan: A Reading Course and Reference Grammar (1991), and The Snow Lion and the Dragon: China, Tibet, and the Dalai Lama (1997), all published by California.

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Title Essentials of Modern Literary Tibetan
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2007
Edition 1st. Ed.
Language: English
isbn 812150581x, 9788121505819
length xxiii+493p., Glossary; Appendices; 23cm.
Subjects Social Sciences