... My major interest for Tibet is the history and the status quo of the diversity of the Tibetan language.”
When Professor George van Driem was presented a hada, a traditional Tibetan ceremonial scarf made of white silk to show respects, kindness and good wishes, all the scholars in the meeting room inside the University of Bern bursted into applause.
A Chinese cultural delegation from the country’s various Tibetology research centers on Monday held a forum discussion with their Swiss peers to deepen mutual understanding and exchanges in the Tibetan studies.
“As a linguist, my major interest for Tibet is the history and the status quo of the diversity of the Tibetan language, which always attract me and my PHD students to do researches,” said prof. Driem.
For him, the splendid nature beauty of Tibet is also a big attraction, and the first thing he want to do in Tibet is to have a look of the Mount Qomolangma from the Tibetan side of the Himalayan.
Duo Erji, director of General Office of the China Tibetology Research Center, introduced that the Tibetan language has been well protect and even developed based on the social and economic improvements, with new Tibetan words being appeared very quickly.
According to experts, Tibetan script has a history of more than 1,300 years and currently, in the latest Chinese-Tibetan Dictionary,