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How do texts function? Text type and communicative function in Tibetan literature

Jim Rheingans (Bonn)

Tibet’s traditions manifest an abundance of textual classes, but scholars in pre-modern Tibet did not extensively theorise genre. This paper briefly introduces the text linguistic concept of text type. It then examines the framework of the ‘communicative function’ of a text as a crucial element for developing classifications but also for other aims of inquiry, with particular reference to Tibetan texts.

14 October 2016, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4426, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM