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See also: ལི and ལོ
Character U+0F63, ལ
Name TIBETAN LETTER LA
Block Tibetan
[U+0F62] [U+0F64]

Translingual[edit]

Letter[edit]

  1. Tibetan letter la

Tibetan[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Perhaps from Sino-Tibetan *la ‎(area far from settlements; wilderness); compare Chinese (OC *laːʔ, *ɦljaʔ, “countryside; field”).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

‎(la)

  1. hillside, mountain pass

Etymology 2[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Postposition[edit]

‎(la)

  1. Marks oblique locatives.
  2. Marks the dative (a recipient in a trivalent construction.
    1. Marks the possessor in have-constructions which use a copular verb.
  3. Marks the subject of verbs such as "like" and "need".
  4. Marks the direct object of verbs which involve contact but no change of state.
Usage notes[edit]

When the preceding syllable ends in a vowel, la becomes r and goes in the coda of the preceding syllable. For example, "in Lhasa" is ལྷ་སར ‎(lha sar).