Lexical Structure and Grammatical Categories in Lhasa Tibetan

Author: 
Agha, Asif
Year: 
1990

     The present work is a descriptive study of the grammatical categories of Lhasa Tibetan [LT]." First, the "problem of case marking is taken up." The next chapter "presents an overview of predicate and clause types, and subsequent chapters build on this account. At a generic level, LT verbs fall into major covert lexical classes, and an account of these is given. . . . An analysis of 'participant role perspective' and 'ID-projection' [indexical-to-denotational projection] is offered" and the "verbal category of epistemic mode is described." The final chapter "presents an analysis of mood categories."
     The study is based on research in Madison, Wisconsin and Nepal; "[t]he fieldwork in Nepal was conducted mostly with Lhasa Tibetan speakers in Kathmandu, but also in various locales in the Solokhumbu district, most especially the Jiri valley and the Tibetan settlement at Chalsa. The primary informant for this research was Mr. Tsetan Chonjore . . . born in Shigatse, Tibet. . . . The present study is, in the first instance, an analysis of the idiolect of Lhasa Tibetan spoken by Mr. Chonjore. However, in addition to Mr. Chonjore himself, I have relied on a number of other informants of different ages and backgrounds for my primary data. . . . : Ngodup Drolkar (age 31), Teshi Peldrom (age 7), Khamlung Tenzing (over 40), Thinlay Chopel (over 60). Ms. Drolkar is Mr. Chonjore's wife; she is a native of Lhasa. Teshi Peldron is their daughter, born in Kathmandu. Mr. Tenzing and Mr. Chopel were both born in Lhasa and grew up there.

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