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Singing the Syllables: Translating Spelling into Music in Tibetan Spelling Chant

Rose, Philip


Every literate culture has ways of saying how the written words of its main language are made up of units of writing. In English, this is called spelling. This chapter looks at spelling in Tibetan, where it is called ‘sbyor klog’ (pronounced a little like ‘jaw lock’). It adopts the special perspective, however, in keeping with the theme for this volume of ‘sound in translation’, of how the spelling is really chanted by a lama. This is called Tibetan spelling chant (henceforth TSC)....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Press (1965-Present)
Date published: 2009
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: Sounds in translation: intersections of music, technology and society
DOI: 10.22459/ST.09.2009.08
Access Rights: Open Access via publisher website


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