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Introduction to Classical Ethiopic (BA)

Course
2013-2014

Admission requirements

Regular BA requirements.

Description

In this course, the grammar of Classical Ethiopic (Ge‘ez) will be discussed and compared to that of other Semitic languages and their reconstructed ancestor, Proto-Semitic. Students will gain a working knowledge of the language by reading and analyzing original texts. The cultural and historical context of the Classical Ethiopic language and its literature will also be discussed.

Course objectives

Students who have taken this course will be able to:
• read a Classical Ethiopic text using a dictionary and grammar;
• recognize and discuss typical features of Classical Ethiopic grammar;
• place Classical Ethiopic texts in their context.

Timetable

Please consult the timetable here.

Mode of instruction Seminar

Course load

5 EC, divided into:
Lectures: 28 hrs
Preparing for lectures: 50 hrs
Weekly assignments: 20 hrs
Preparing for mid-term: 20 hrs
Preparing presentation: 40 hrs

Assessment

Written mid-term on grammar (40%), handing in weekly translations (required but not graded), final oral exam (60%).

Blackboard

Documents and course information will be posted on Blackboard.

Literature

Josef Tropper (2002): Altäthiopisch, Münster: Ugarit-verlag

Wolf Leslau (2010): Concise dictionary of Geʿez, Wiesbaden: Harassowitz

Both books can be purchased online and are also available at the University library.

Registration

Through uSis.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration for Contractonderwijs via: http://www.hum.leidenuniv.nl/onderwijs/contractonderwijs/

Contact

B.D. Suchard MA. Tel.:071- 527 3071.

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