Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies


The Tonal System Of Tibetan (Lhasa Dialect) And The Nominal Phrase1

E. K. spring

The purpose of this article is to re-examine some of the ways in which tone has been stated in certain of the spoken Tibetan dialects, and to apply to the Nominal Phrase in one of them, Lhasa Tibetan (LT), the suggestion that such statements can be more profitably associated not with the syllable, as hitherto, but with the word.


1 This article is based on a paper, The Tonal System of Xouns and Adjectives in the Lhasa Dialect of Spoken Tibetan’, read at the 23rd International Congress of Orientalists, at Cambridge in August, 1954.