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Linguistic Notes on an Amdowa Text

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Studies of Tibetan linguistic history are hampered by many factors. The most well known of them la the major difference between the written language and the various types of the spoken vernaculars . The ultimate aim is, of course, to supplement material to the spoken language of Amdo. However, it has to be borne in mind that what we have in hand is not identical with the spoken language. Neither is it the spoken vernacular of the time of Gun than pa, nor of the two Amdowa speakers. As it is known, there does exist a so-called reading style, which has its subforms according to place and time, and differs only In pronunciation to which conventional rules are used. So we are far from having a homogenous spoken Tibetan, and a uniform spoken Amdowa does not exist.

Keywords:amdowa; linguistic

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