Volume 24, Issue 2
  • ISSN 1606-822X
  • E-ISSN: 2309-5067



Gserskad and Rdoskad are two recently uncovered Tibetic dialect chains spoken on the northern border of Rngaba (Aba) and Dkarmdzes (Ganzi) Prefectures in northwestern Sichuan. Despite their many points of difference and only partial intelligibility, Gserskad and Rdoskad show a special affinity to each other, as suggested in Sun (2006). The further idiosyncratic common lexical, phonological, and particularly morphological evidence highlighted in this article vindicate the close ties shared by Gserskad and Rdoskad as a distinct Tibetic language on a par with Amdo.

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Keyword(s): shared innovation; subgrouping; Tibetic dialectology; verb stem ablaut
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