[INDOLOGY] Indic loanwords in Tibetan
mkapstei at uchicago.edu
Mon Apr 6 10:18:26 EDT 2015
My article The Indian Identity in Tibetan Literature addresses this in part. It is available on my academia page.
In general, beginning in the eighth c., the Tibetans adopted a clear policy of using Tibetan neologisms in preference to loanwords wherever this was feasible, with the result that only a very small number of indic loans came into general use, perhaps fewer than 5% not to speak of 50!
Hope this helps,
Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
The University of Chicago
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