ASIAN 480 - Topics in Asian Studies
Section: 002 Introduction to Manchu Languages & Sources
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Enforced Prerequisites:
Graduate Standing
May be elected four times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

China’s last imperial dynasty, the Qing, which lasted from 1636 through 1912, was a multilingual and multiethnic empire. Although the Manchu conquerors quickly adopted the Chinese language for the day-to-day running of the empire, the Manchu language was remained an official language of the dynasty and it continued to be used as a writing language long after most Manchus had adopted Chinese dialects in the nineteenth century. Thus anyone who wishes to study important aspects of Chinese history, such as the imperial court, border affairs or the Eight Banner system, benefit from a working knowledge of Manchu. Given the fact that a number of important Chinese texts have been translated into Manchu, many sinologists have found Manchu a useful shortcut to understand those texts, since Manchu is a relatively transparent language grammatically.

This course introduces students to the elements of Manchu writing, phonology and grammar and will expose students to different genres of Manchu writing. After the course, students should be able to read simple Manchu texts with the help of a dictionary. Students should preferably have some prior knowledge of Chinese, Japanese or Korean, a requirement which is subject to the discretion of the instructor. Grades will be based on active participation in class, written assignments and in-class tests, and a short final paper.

ASIAN 480 - Topics in Asian Studies
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001 (SEM)
W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
002 (SEM)
W 3:00PM - 6:00PM
003 (SEM)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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