Understanding The Tibetan Language & Providing Professional Tibetan Interpreters, Translators and Transcriptionists
American Language Services ® (ALS) understands the importance of working in the Tibetan language. For over a Quarter of a Century, American Language Services ® has worked with the Tibetan language as well as hundreds of others from around the world. We offer comprehensive language services 24 hours, 7 days a week worldwide by providing Tibetan interpreting, translation and transcriptions services along with hundreds of other languages and dialects. Our linguists are native speakers and writers who are screened, credentialed, certified, field tested and experienced in a number of specific industry settings. The Tibetan language is unique and has very specific origins and characteristics.
Tibetan is written with an Indic script, with a historically conservative orthography that reflects Old Tibetan phonology and helps unify the Tibetan-language area. Wylie transliteration is the most common system of romanization used by Western scholars in rendering written Tibetan using the Latin alphabet.
Tones in the Tibetan Language
The Lhasa dialect is usually described as having two tones: high and low. However, in monosyllabic words, each tone can occur with two distinct contours. The high tone can be pronounced with either a flat or a falling contour, while the low tone can be pronounced with either a flat or rising-falling contour, the latter being a tone that rises to a medium level before falling again. It is normally safe to distinguish only between the two tones, because there are very few minimal pairs, which differ only because of contour.
Tibetan Language Vocabulary
Other than compound words and words of foreign origin, most words are monosyllabic. Historically, words have most often been borrowed from Sanskrit and Pali; Buddhist terminology is particularly indebted to these. Old Khmer has also contributed its share, especially in regard to royal court terminology. Since the beginning of the 20th century, however, the English language has had the greatest influence. Many Teochew Chinese words are also used, some replacing existing Tibetan words.
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The Tibetan language is an important language worldwide. It is vital to understand the general nature and specific idiosyncrasies of Tibetan. Since 1985, ALS has provided outstanding Tibetan interpreters, translators and transcriptionsts worldwide.
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