TIBET 2201 - Intermediate Classical Tibetan I
(GB) Satisfies option 1.
Fall. 4 credits. Letter grades only (no audit).
Prerequisite: equivalency of two semesters of Tibetan language study (modern or classical). This course is part of the Shared Course Initiative and will be taught from Columbia University using videoconferencing technology.
This two-semester class is designed to assist students who already have the equivalent of at least two-years of Tibetan language study. The course is intended to build on this foundation so that students gain greater proficiency in reading a variety of classical Tibetan writing styles and genres, including (especially in the second semester) texts relevant to their research.
The syllabus is largely structured around readings in A Classical Tibetan Reader, supported by relevant instruction and exercises on key grammatical points using selections from the Clear Mirror. Students will learn to identify commonly found vocabulary, grammatical constructions and other conventions appearing in Classical Tibetan texts, including religious, historical and literary genres. At the end of the semester, students will also be introduced to texts in the dbu-med script and the abbreviated words (skung yig) often employed in these.
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