Friday, July 20, 2012
A new collection of articles on the Tibeto-Burman languages, edited by Nathan Hill, has just been published. The volume contains several articles on the Tangut and Tibetan languages, including an article on Tangut-Tibetan bilingual manuscripts such as Or.12380/1842 by Arakawa Shintaro; a study of the ritual manuscript Pelliot tibétain 239 by Ishikawa Iwao; and an article on the origin of the Tibetan cursive or "headless" script by Sam van Schaik of IDP. The latter draws on the earliest examples of Tibetan writing from Dunhuang and elsewhere to argue that, contrary to traditional accounts, the cursive script developed directly from the original "headed" form of Tibetan writing. Click here to see to the book on the publisher's website.