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In fact, it seems that his two works on bdag gzan and bya byed las gsum were of this latter sort. , we see some fundamental differences from the position of Si tu and dNul chu yab sras. If we look at Si tu's list of examples of "expressions for the [agent's] doing" (deï byed pa'i tshig), then it is clear that only present forms such as sgrub par byed and sgrub bo figure there. Similarly among the expressions for the thing-done to the [object] (de'i bya ba'i tshig), we find only future forms such as bsgmb par bya and bsgrub bo.

And at least in the case of Si tu, there is never any intersection of these classes. In the case of other grammarians, too, verbs are classified as one thing or another, but they never have the kind of dual character of both self and other which BACOT imagined. " As he placed great store on Thon mi, Si tu and other Tibetan grammarians, he most likely thought that this was their point of view. In fact, the heart of BACOT'S theory is his claim that Tibetan grammarians presented "correspondences" between self and other and verb tenses/ 9 48 BACOT p.

C. A survey of some of the post-Si tu literature on self and other. Turning now to the developments concerning self, other, verb tenses, etc. in Tibetan grammar after Si tu Pan chen, there are a number of major figures and currents which especially need to be singled out. First of all, we find what is commonly 26 See n. 8. But cf. BACOPs examples in our n. 9. Frankly, one cannot help feeling that one of the major reasons people persist in thinking that bdag — ätmanepada is a fairly uncritical acceptance of BACOT: his pseudo-examples of intransitive and "middle" verbs which he terms bdag naturally make this equation all the more tempting.

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