xx Preface
this booki̅no longer employ s the letter q for the Tibetan letter ཀ་, but i nstead uses the
most similar English letter------g--- even thoughi̅ g di ffers from the Tibeta n sound by
bei ng voiced. The rationale for representi ng Ti betan sounds by a neutral letter such as q
was to avoid predisposi ng Engli sh speakersi̅to voice the Tibetaun sou nd, but Inow believe
that thi s approach has been counter-productive and has hampered students from readily
learni ng how to pronou nce Tibetan.
Essentias of ModernLite ary Tibetan wi ll teach reading skills i n a range of genres
genres of written Tibetan. It moves quickly to cover essential gra mmatical structures so

that stories can be i ntroduced. The sentences i n the lessons in Part One utili ze both the
basic coll quial and literaury written styles, but the readi ngs reflect th e neoclassical style
which is the basis for both of these. This sty le is becoming the standard or modern
literaury Tibetaun. The aim thuroughout the l essons isi̅toi̅accustom the reader to understand
more and m ore complex (and, therefore, m ore reali stic) constructi ons. PartHOne provi des asolid
asolid foundation in Tibetan morphology, sy ntax, and vocabulary.
Part Two contai ns both lessons and extended reading examples taken from
novel s, folk tales, histori es, newsp apers and magazi nes. Throughout the book the i̅
readi ngs are t anslated asi̅close to the ori gi nal Tibetan as possi bl e, i̅even i f this results i n
somewhat awkward English constructions. We hope this will facilitate the rapid
comprehension of the basic pri nciples i nvolved.
i̅Part Three consists of an EnglishTi betan Glossary, a verb dec l ensi on ch art li sti ng
the different stem s of the verbs used i n the book , and an appendix with five selecti ons
ill ustrati ng the genre of comm u ni st political essays.
Acritical dimension of this book is its ability to be used as a reference grammar.
The large gl ossauryat the end of the book lists each grammatical particle or construction
used i n the text together with the lesson and subsecti on (s) where it occurs and i s
explai ned. Consequently , whenever the user comes across an unfamiliar particle, whether one
one m onth or five years after the i nitial encou nter i n the l essons, it will be easy to fi nd the
section or sections that explai n and give examples of this particle.
Thi s text, therefore, provi des a stepby-step graded i ntroducti on to b asic Tibeta n
sy ntax and g ammar, a solid worki ng vocabulaury, and a pernmanent refere nce gramm ar
which can be referred to l ong after these lessons have been comp l eted.
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