Amdo Tibetan: A Comprehensive Grammar Textbook
Amdo Tibetan: A Comprehensive Grammar Textbook is a rigorous one-year college-level textbook for English speakers who wish to learn the Amdo dialect of the Tibetan language.
This comprehensive introduction to the language provides dialogues at the start of each new lesson to illustrate the constructions covered in that lesson. Material from previous chapters is recycled within these dialogues to reinforce learning as the lessons progress. Each chapter unpacks the opening sample dialogue and provides an in-depth analysis and technical explanations of the specific constructions presented. Cultural sections are also included in each chapter, as well as a range of exercises and drills to reinforce learning and help students internalize the new information.
The book will be of particular interest to linguists and students with some knowledge of either standard colloquial or literary Tibetan.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Revised Edition Preface A Brief Introduction to Amdo Tibetan Abbreviations 1:The Alphabet and the Sound System 2:The Onset and Syllable Structure 3:Vowels and Suffixes 4:What's Your Name? 5:Where Are You From? 6:I Have a Tibetan Textbook 7:There Are Only Nine Students Here Today 8: Do You Have a Picture of Your Family? 9:What Are You Doing in Xining? 10:Where Will You Go? 11:What Do You Want to Eat? 12:I Will Go to See My Parent on Saturday 13:When Did You Arrive? 14:January Is the Coldest Month of the Year 15: The Post Office Is Opposite the Bank 16:It's Called Tsampa in Tibetan 17: Is This Brown One Pretty? 18:Have You Been to Yulshul? 19: On the Road for More Than Nine Hours 20:My Belly Is Still Hurting 21:Labrang Is a Big Monastery in Amdo.
Kuo-ming Sung is Professor of Chinese and Linguistics at Lawrence University, USA.
Lha Byams Rgyal is Senior Researcher at the Tibetology Research Center, Beijing, China.