This is the first Tibetan-to-English verb resource to be published in more than thirty years. It is a verb dictionary containing extensive lexical information. Much more than a mere translation of existing works, this lexicon was compiled employing statistical techniques and data, and draws on sources spanning the 1,200 years of Tibet's classical literature and covering all major lineages. The lexicon contains over 1,700 root verb forms and phrasal verb subentries and incorporates a wide range of information not previously available in dictionary form. The individual entries are in Tibetan script and contain English meanings, Sanskrit equivalents, complete sentences drawn from the corpus of Tibetan classical literature, and related sentence structure information. An extensive introduction to contemporary linguistic theory as applied to Tibetan verbs presents the theoretical underpinnings of the lexicon.
"A much-needed new contribution to the general body of materials for the study of the Literary Tibetan language. Students, linguists, and translators will all find this detailed treatment of Tibetan verb usage, and particularly the lexicon itself, to be an invaluable resource for many years to come. Sophisticated work on the Tibetan language is long overdue and Hackett should be congratulated for this valuable offering."—Himalaya: The Journal of the Association of Nepal and Himalayan Studies