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An Introduction to Classical Tibetan
by Stephen Hodge
Revised 1st edition, 212 pp., 24.5 x 17.5 cm., softcover.
ISBN-10: 974-524-039-7 $26.00
ISBN-13: 978-974-524-039-1


Classical Tibetan, with origins dating to the seventh century, is the language found in a huge corpus of surviving Tibetan, mostly Buddhist, texts; native Tibetans still employ this language, today, when writing on religious, medical or historical subjects.
    This book aims to provide a rapid introduction to the main elements of Classical Tibetan, so that students may begin to access for themselves the vast amount of available material. While designed for guided study, the book will also be of use to those who tackle the language on their own. Steady study over approximately six months should result in an understanding of most grammatical features and allow the student to read the simpler prose texts.