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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Spring 2006

PRS 329 • Basic Tajiki

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
41325 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
CAL 21
Hillmann, M

Course Description

"New Persian" has three chief dialects: "F ârsi" in Iran, "Dari" in Afghanistan, and "T âjiki" in the Central Asian countries of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. T âjiki is the vehicle and voice for a rich medieval literary tradition which it shares with Iran and Afghanistan and a dynamic contemporary literary and cultural life. Almost 6,000,000 people speak T âjiki. Written in Cyrillic script, T âjiki is perhaps the easiest Asian language for speakers of English to learn. Basic T âjiki, which has no prerequisites, covers the grammar of T âjiki and presents and practices about 1,500 vocabulary items through exposure to authentic written and spoken texts. Course participants learn to scan and skim T âjiki newspapers, use dictionaries, and listen to radio broadcasts. By the end of the course, students have listening and reading skills needed to handle survival situations in T âjiki and to read authentic printed materials on general subjects at an elementary level. They also come away from the course able to continue study of T âjiki on their own.

Grading Policy

Course grades are based on class participation (60% of the final course grade) and four review texts (10% of the course grade each).


Tajiki Textbook and Reader: Second Edition (2003). Basic Tajiki Word List (2003).


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