A Grammar of Purik Tibetan, Marius Zemp offers a comprehensive description of the phonologically archaic Tibetan variety spoken in Kargil, the capital of a region called Purik, situated in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, India. This book contains the most thorough and insightful description of the verbal system of a Tibetic language yet written and will be particularly relevant for scholars studying evidentiality. It also includes highly valuable discussions of a syntactically and pragmatically well-defined class of ideophones which Zemp calls “dramatizers” and of prosody – topics which are too often neglected in language descriptions. Finally, this book goes beyond what others have done in that Purik data are used to elucidate our understanding of Classical Tibetan and its origins.
Marius Zemp, after completing his Ph.D. (2014) at the University of Berne (Switzerland) studied Old Tibetan with Tsuguhito Takeuchi in Kobe (funded by the SNSF). He published ‘A functional reconstruction of the Proto-Tibetan verbal system’ in 2016 (
Himalayan Linguistics 15(2):88-135).
Table of contents
Acknowledgments List of Tables List of Figures List of Abbreviations
Introduction 1.1 Purik
1.2 South and East Purik
1.3 Language Contact
1.4 Genetic Affiliation
1.5 Previous Research
1.7 A Note on Pragmatics
1.8 The Method of Functional Reconstruction