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The converb -las in Old Tibetan

Hill, Nathan W. (2010) 'The converb -las in Old Tibetan.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 73 (2). pp. 245-260.

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Abstract

In contrast to its description in available grammars and manuals, the converb -las in Old Tibetan is used primarily to mark off the following clause as surprising given the background of the preceding clause. The converb -las enters into two distinct syntactic constructions: after a reduplicated verb it indicates the interruption of a continuous event; and in a three-clause pattern with the converb -kyis, -las introduces a surprise or contrast in the second clause, but -kyis in the third clause returns the sentiment to that of the first clause. Although the examples which demonstrate the use of -las are drawn from Old Tibetan texts, this use continues in later texts.

Item Type: Articles
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia
Depositing User: Nathan Hill
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2010 08:31
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/8674

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