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Palmyr Cordier's Cours de Tibetain classique, pp. 11—2, does not seem to yield any such; and in many cases an original kha, from kha, 'juncture', 'occasion', 'locality', 'part', 'season' (e. g. in sos-ka, 'summer', lam-ka(kha), 'route', thab-ka(kha), 'hearth') is satisfactory. To this group may belong the ten(then)-ka (IV, 1. 276) and sdud-ka, 'hairtie' (IA, 1. 121, modern sdud-kha) of the Texts. Cf. , Itarn-bka = lton-ka IB 80. On this matter see Nam, p. 182. Phapa/ma: There seems to be no doubt that this pair with the meaning 'male'/'female', originally perhaps 'upper'/'lower' or 'father'/'mother', exists as Suffixes in Tibetan: for some examples see Gordier, op.

Yajma, 'high'/'low', with Locative and Ablative forms yar, ya-rujmar, ma-ru, yas/mas, and with -rc-form (cf. phan and tshun) in the familiar antithesis yan-chadjman-chad, denoting 'upper' and 'lower' limit. See Linguistic Note on IV 57, 97—8, and on ya-byi/ma-byi, probably = °phyi, 'outside', 'beyond', the note on VI 37. Bla (with variants gla, rla, brla, or which see supra, p. 19 and Adverbial forms bla-najnas, blar, bias) signifies 'highest', e. g. in bla-ma, 'Lama'. In temporal use blar and bla-na can signify 'previously', 'in advance', 'soon' (See Tib.

8. -men in ba-men, 'wild-ox', IA 27, is apparently intended likewise in rta-rnen^ 'wild-horse', ibid. 9. The Suffix -can, 'possessing', perhaps derived from hckan, 'hold', occurs in g-yon-canjchan (III 3, IV 3) 'left-handed', (sc. 'perverse'), dnan-can (IV 20) 'evil', las-dad-can (V. 23), 'devoted to work', nor-dad-can (V 19), 'devoted to wealth',"nad-bu-can (V 25), 'having disease vermin', phrag-dog-can (V 20), 'envious', sems-san « can VI156), 'sentient being'. B. ) thurn-thum, IV 233, 'for a while' p(h)an-p(h)un, IA 56, little by little' (cf.

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