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Books: Essay towards a Dictionary, Tibetan and English: Csoma de Kőrös

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Date: 01-Apr-2013
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Subject: Essay towards a Dictionary, Tibetan and English: Csoma de Kőrös
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Title: Essay towards a Dictionary, Tibetan and EnglishSubtitle: Prepared, with the Assistance of Bandé Sangs-rgyas Phun-tshogs, a LearnedLáma of Zangskár

Publication Year: 2013Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Book URL:,%20Tibetan%20and%20English/?site_locale=en_US

Author: Alexander Csoma de Kőrös

Paperback: ISBN: 9781108056472 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 29.99Paperback: ISBN: 9781108056472 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 46.99


Tibetan comprises a cluster of Tibeto-Burman languages spoken across CentralAsia. Its classical written form is a major Buddhist language. First publishedin 1834, this dictionary of Tibetan, believed to be the very first, wascompiled by the Hungarian orientalist Kőrösi Csoma Sándor (c.1784–1842), whostyled himself Alexander Csoma de Kőrös in English, and was considered to bethe founder of the field of Tibetology. Containing over 20,000 entries withEnglish translations, the dictionary was created during the author's travelsin the East, during which he devoted himself to the study of the language.Remaining of great interest to linguists today, the dictionary begins with auseful guide to reading and understanding Tibetan words, with the value ofeach syllable given in Roman script. The entries themselves are arrangedprimarily under the language's thirty consonants, with irregular verb formslisted where necessary.


PrefaceArrangement of the volumeAlphabetic systemExplication of the marks and abbreviations usedA dictionary of the Tibetan language.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Tibetan (bod)

Language Family(ies): Tibeto-Burman

Written In: English (eng)

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