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Languages: Tibetan
(5,409 words)

Tibetan is a member of the Trans-Himalayan language family. Also known as Tibeto-Burman and Sino-Tibetan, this family includes Chinese, Burmese, Newar, Lepcha, Meithei, and several hundred languages without literary traditions; agreement prevails that Tibetan is on the family’s Bodish branch (see fig. 1).

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Nathan W. Hill, “Languages: Tibetan”, in: Encyclopedia of Buddhism Online, Editor-in-Chief: Consulting Editors: Jonathan A. Silk, Oskar von Hinüber, Vincent Eltschinger. Consulted online on 03 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2467-9666_enbo_COM_0083>
First published online: 2020
First print edition: 20151231



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