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Tibetan Language
(5,595 words)

1. General Overview

Traditionally, one used to speak of a single "Tibetan language" with many "dialects" but during the last three decades many studies have led to a better understanding of the linguistic diversity found on the Tibetan plateau and most specialists now believe it is no longer viable to talk of Tibetan dialects of a single language. In fact, many dialects do not allow mutual intelligibi…

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Nicolas TOURNADRE, “Tibetan Language”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 26 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000418>
First published online: 2015

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