Classical Tibetan

Authored by: Scott DeLancey

The Sino-Tibetan Languages

Print publication date:  December  2002
Online publication date:  May  2006

Print ISBN: 9780700711291
eBook ISBN: 9780203221051
Adobe ISBN: 9781135797188

10.4324/9780203221051.ch16

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Abstract

Tibetan consists of a number of dialects, not all mutually intelligible; for an outline of dialects see the chapter on Lhasa Tibetan. Tibetan belongs to the Bodic branch of Tibeto-Burman, within which it appears to be most closely related to the Tamang-Gurung-Thakali (TGT) nucleus, then to the West Himalayan group: Figure 16.1 The Bodic Branch

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