AAPTIS 491 - Topics in Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies
Section: 002 Armenian Historical Linguistics and Anthropology
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies (AAPTIS)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course will survey the history of the Armenian language from the Indo-European dispersal to the rise of contemporary dialects placing it within its cultural context. The first half of the course will center on the Indo-European origin of the Armenian language and culture and the principles of linguistic reconstruction. The second half of the course will focus on the theory and methods of etymology. The lectures and accompanying exercises are geared towards providing the student with a basic knowledge of comparative linguistics and a sense of its relevance to the study of Armenian culture. Particular attention will be given to issues which unify language and culture, such as folk etymology, taboo, euphemism, contamination, etc., as well as to etymological research into cultural vocabulary. A number of lectures will be devoted to the highlights of the historical development of the Armenian language and culture, covering topics such as: “The origins of Armenian mythology and Calendar”; “Armenian Onomasticon”; “Folk-etymological reinterpretation of place-names within the context of Noah and The Flood”; “The problem of Qarahunj: Stonehenge, myth or reality?”; “Invention of the Armenian alphabet by Mesrop Mashtoc` and the problem of pre-Christian writing.”

The lectures will be illustrated with visual materials: maps, photographs, etc. Throughout the semester students will have quizzes, a midterm, and a cumulative final exam. This is an introductory course; it is not necessary for students to have any previous experience in the study of comparative linguistics and/or anthropology. The course will be taught in English. A knowledge of Armenian is desirable but not required.

AAPTIS 491 - Topics in Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies
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001 (LEC)
Th 11:00AM - 2:00PM
002 (SEM)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (SEM)
Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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