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ḥdug as a testimonial marker in Classical and Old Tibetan

Hill, Nathan W. (2013) 'ḥdug as a testimonial marker in Classical and Old Tibetan.' Himalayan Linguistics, 12 (1). pp. 1-16.

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Abstract

DeLancey (1992) and Hongladarom (1994) suppose that ḥdug means 'sit' in Old and Classical Tibetan, and that these languages entirely lack the evidential use of this morpheme well known in 'Lhasa' Tibetan. In contrast, Denwood (1999) sees the Classical Tibetan use of ḥdug as broadly in keeping with its function in 'Lhasa' Tibetan. An examination of examples from Old and Classical Tibetan suggests that evidential uses of ḥdug emerged late in the Old Tibetan period and that the meaning 'sit' is idiosyncratic to the Mdzaṅs blun.

Item Type: Articles
Keywords: Old Tibetan, Classical Tibetan, evidentiality, mirativity, testimonial, copula
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia
Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of Linguistics
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
Depositing User: Nathan Hill
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2013 08:08
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/16698

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