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Tibetan Linguistics. History, State-of-the-Art, Tasks

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In this chapter, the author mentions some tasks of Tibetan Linguistics to which he gives priority. The linguistic results of the investigation of the native Tibetan grammars justify his hope that further work will bring further results. It is fascinating to follow the change of the concept of the Tibetans on their own language. The Mongolian understanding of Tibetan grammar should not be neglected. He agrees with Hale that the genesis of the Tibetan tonemes should be in the focus of his interest. Tibetan is a tonemic language with the longest written tradition in an alphabetic script in the world. He would not suggest to neglect broader comparative-genetic studies in Tibeto-Himalayan, Tibeto-Burmese or even Sino-Tibetan. He thinks, however that any of these historical comparisons should be placed on a more solid basis of a reconstructed Proto or Early Tibetan and this has to be achieved mainly with internal methods.

Keywords:comparative-genetic studies; Hale; Tibetan linguistics; Tibetan tonemes



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