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Mongolian Monuments in Uighur-Mongolian Script (XIII-XVI Centuries): Introduction, Transcription and Bibliography
Language and Linguistics Monograph Series A11
Author: D. Tumurtogoo with the Collaboration of G. Cecegdari
Size: 19 X 26 cm xiv+722 pages English
Publication Date:2006-12-27
The earlier literary monuments, written in the Mongolian language, serve the most valuable materials in researching the age-old history and culture of the Mongols.
The first and most complete collection of the literary monuments, written in Mongolian, were published by academician L. Ligeti in the beginning of the 1970’s and by now it has become a library rarity. Moreover, for the last over thirty years it has been discovered newly a number of inscriptions, xylographs and manuscripts. For these reasons we are publishing a new collection of the same type, which includes all the available monuments covering the XIII-XVI centuries. This kind of a publication has a great demand for Mongolists, especially for researchers of the young generation.
While preparing the present volume, almost all the relevant scientific publications for the last over hundred years were reviewed in details. This volume includes a newly revised transcription of all the pre-classical monuments available, featuring both the careful check-ups of all the previous propositions and the compiler’s suggestions based on the historical changes of the Mongolian sounds. The suggestions mostly concern such phonetic interrelationships in Mongolian like a formation of the long vowels and diphthongs, as well as a process of the vowel assimilation, differing the present version of the transcription slightly from the others in the past. The present publication includes also a full word-index of the pre-classical Mongolian monuments and a complete bibliography on their researches. Our hope is that the present research contributes as much as it can, to the study of the rich heritage of the Mongolian history and the traditional culture of the Mongols, first of all, their language and literature.
Taking an opportunity, we are pleased to inform the readers that this is the first volume of the series on the Mongolian literary monuments of the XIII-XVI centuries and the following volumes featuring the ‘Phags-pa and Arabic scripts, the Chinese characters are already ready for printing as separate volumes.
The compiler’s acknowledgments to Dr. Suying Hsiao, an assistant researcher at the Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica, who initiated the publication of this work, and Dr. Dah-an Ho, the Director of the Institute, who supported the initiation and granted an opportunity for the publication. Also the words of thanks are addressed to Igor de Rachewiltz, a professor of the Australian National University, who conducted a detailed reading of the manuscript and shared his valuable suggestions and comments.

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