Tibetan textbook

mkapstei at UCHICAGO.EDU mkapstei at UCHICAGO.EDU
Thu Nov 10 12:49:00 UTC 2011

Textbook: Stephen Hodge, An Introduction to Classical Tibetan
or, if you read German, 
Michael Hahn, Lehrbuch der klassischen tibetischen 

Both are particularly good for the translation literature.

Grammar: Marcelle Lalou, Manuel élémentaire de tibétain 
Jacques Bacot, Grammaire du Tibétain littéraire

and, though it has its problems,
Stephen Beyer, The Classical Tibetan Language

Dictionary: start with Jaeschke, and avoid Das
until you are familiar with the former. 

Many online resources have become available, but they
are not geared toward the translation literature
and are often misleading in this area.

Matthew T. Kapstein
Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies
The University of Chicago Divinity School
Directeur d'études
Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris

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