This course offers an introduction to selected languages of Western Asia. The course units are devoted to representative languages of this area, containing an introduction to the relevant historical and socio-cultural background as well as sketches of parts of the grammar (phonology, morphology, syntax). Issues related to variation within languages (different varieties, diachronic changes) and areal phenomena, especially language contact and the impact of current social transformations on the language use will be of particular interest.
This course is jointly offered by linguists of the LACIM network (Languages of Anatolia, Caucasus, Iran, Mesopotamia; https://en.lacim.net/) introducing languages of their expertise. The program of this year contains units taught by Christiane Bulut (Nikosia), Anaid Donabedian (Paris), Geofrey Haig (Bamberg), Polette Samvelian (Paris), Nina Sumbatova (Moscow), Stavros Skopeteas (Göttingen), +++. The course will be offered by a digital platform and will offer the possibility to exchange with international colleagues and students of Linguistics in Bamberg, Cambridge, Moscow, Nicosia, Paris.
The students will be offered an introduction to the available research and data resources (text collections, dictionaries and electronic databases) of the individual languages as well as the possibility to create their own projects either in conjunction with a certain language or on cross-linguistic issues comparing several languages.
The language of the course is English.