MES 392 • INTRODUCTION TO THE STRUCTURE OF SEMITIC LANGUAGES
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary. The Semitic language family is the oldest attested language family, which is still spoken today. It was spoken in Africa, Western Asia and the Arabian Peninsula. This course aims at familiarizing students with the grammatical structure of a number of ancient and modern Semitic languages (e.g. Akkadian, Biblical Hebrew, Ethiopic, Modern Aramaic etc.) and of the family as a whole. The essentials of the grammar of each language will be reviews in class and the students will be assigned short readings in that language. By the end of the class, studetns will have basic understanding of the Semitic family and its special characteristics. All the material is in transliteration and no previous knowledge of any Semitic language is required. Some background in linguistics is recommended.
Grades will be based on class participation (20%), regular assignments (20%), oral class reports (40%), and attendance (20%).
A list of required and optional texts will be provided in class.