Tibetan

The earliest monument of written Tibetan that we have is an inscription on a bell that hangs above the entrance of Samye monastery in Central Tibet. It dates from the late eighth century. Written Tibetan thus has a history of more than thirteen centuries. Its body of literature is as immense as is the area that is occupied by peoples who wrote in the language: along the Himalayas from Ladakh, India, through Nepal and Bhutan to southwestern China, in what is now the Tibetan Autonomous Region, China, and in large portions of the Chinese provinces of Sichuan, Qinghai and Gansu. In addition, many Mongols also wrote in Tibetan. The department offers introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses in both spoken and written Tibetan. Courses in written Tibetan cover the entire range of subjects Tibetan scholars were interested in from works on history, biography and Buddhist philosophical and religious texts, to treatises on history, Indo-Tibetan poetics, astrology and medicine.

Last updated 8/30/16
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Tibetan 101A. Elementary Classical Tibetan
Allison Aitken
(fall term). Tu., Th., 8:30–10am
An introductory course designed for students with no background in classical Tibetan. Students begin with the Tibetan script, its standard transliteration into Roman characters, and pronunciation before proceeding to the basics of Tibetan grammar. After mastering a foundational vocabulary, students begin translating simple Tibetan texts.

Tibetan 101B. Elementary Classical Tibetan
Allison Aitken
(spring term). Tu., Th., 8:30–10:00am
Continuation of Tibetan 101A
Prerequisite: Tibetan 101A

Tibetan 102a. Intermediate Classical Tibetan
Allison Aitken
(fall term). Tu., Th., 11:30-1pm
An intermediate classical Tibetan course emphasizing reading and translation of various Tibetan texts covering different genres, such as religious history, biography of Tibetan masters and folk literature writings. Please check the course website for the most updated information.
Prerequisite: Tibetan 101A and 101B or equivalent courses.

Tibetan 102B. Intermediate Classical Tibetan
Allison Aitken
(spring term). Tu., Th., 11:30-1pm
Continuation of Tibetan 102A
Prerequisite: 101A, 101B or equivalent courses.

Tibetan 104AR. Elementary Colloquial Tibetan
Shoko Mekata
(fall term). M., W., F., 10-11:00am
An introduction to spoken standard Central Tibetan: its phonology and basic grammar and syntactic structures - with drill sessions.

Tibetan 104BR. Elementary Colloquial Tibetan
Shoko Mekata
(spring term). M., W., F., 10-11:00am
Continuation of Tibetan 104AR.

Tibetan 105AR. Intermediate Colloquial Tibetan
Shoko Mekata
(fall term). M., W., F., 12-1:00pm
This course will cover more complex grammatical and syntactic structures of spoken standard Central Tibetan - with drill sessions.

Tibetan 105BR. Intermediate Colloquial Tibetan
Shoko Mekata
(spring term). M., W., F., 12-1:00pm
Continuation of Tibetan 105AR.

Tibetan 106AR.Advanced Colloquial Tibetan
Lobsang Shastri
(fall term). Tu., Th., 5–6:30.
Prerequisite: Tibetan 101 and 102, or equivalent.

Tibetan 106BR.Advanced Colloquial Tibetan
Lobsang Shastri
(fall term). Tu., Th., 5–6:30.
Continuation of Tibetan 106AR.
Prerequisite: Tibetan 101 and 102, or equivalent.