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Tibetan Dialects from Southern Kham

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Language Tibetan (ISO639-3:bod), Khams (ISO639-3:khg)
Depositor Gareth Sparham
Affiliation University of Michigan
Location China
Collection ID 0050
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Collection Status Collection online
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Summary of the collection

Lessons for a beginner level understanding of the dialects based on the model in Tournadre and Dorje’s Manual of Standard Tibetan. Includes dialogues by native speakers, some transliteration in IPA, and occasional notes on grammar and vocabulary.


Group represented

Tibet Khams


Language information

Kong jo ra ba (Benzilan) is spoken in Benzilan village, Deqin County, Diqing Prefecture, Yunnan. It belongs to an independent subgroup of the sDerong-nJol dialect group.

bDe chen (Diqiin, བདེ་ཆེན་) is spoken in the Lhasa district of central Tibet.

Mi li (Mu li, སྨི་ལི་རང་སྐྱོང་རྫོང་) (ISO-639: ymh) is spoken by an estimated 23,000 people in Yunnan Province, Jingdong, Yunxian, Zhneyuan and Xinping counties.


Special characteristics

Contains lessons based on a Standard Tibetan dialect template.


Acknowledgement and citation

To refer to any data from the collection, please cite as follows:

Sparham, Gareth. 2013. Tibetan Dialects from Southern Kham. Endangered Languages Archive. Handle: Accessed on [insert date here].

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