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Georgian Language for Beginners

Course
2018-2019

Admission requirements

Not applicable

Description

The course “Georgian 1 – Georgian for beginners” is a course for beginners, intended for non-native speakers of Georgian. Georgian is one of the world’s oldest languages. It is very important and interesting from a linguistic point of view, as well as from cultural and anthropological points of view.

Some general issues of the modern Georgian language will be analyzed, such as:
• Georgian alphabet,
• Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives, Numerals,
• Number and declension,
• System of the Verb,
• Some syntactical structures.
And as the course is intended as an introduction to Georgian as a foreign language, lots of practical exercises will be presented as well.

Teaching materials:
1. The course of the Georgian language I developed at Dartmouth College US (spring 2011, 2013), also at Leiden university Netherlands (autumn 2012) and at Bremen University Germany (spring 2015),
2. Nana Danelia, Basic Georgian, Tbilisi, 2006;
3. M. Nikolaisvili, N. Bagration-Davitashvili, Georgian Language (Intensive course), Tbilisi, 2012

Course Objectives

The objectives of the course Georgian as a foreign language are:
• To provide students with a general knowledge of Georgian.
• To develop students’ necessary insights for analyzing Georgian data.
• To make students practically use their Georgian speaking skills

Timetable

Twice a week. It starts in the 2nd block. Timetable.

Mode of instruction

Seminar

Course load

Total: 140 hours (5 EC)
Lectures: 6 x 4 = 24 hours
Examinations: 2 × 2 = 4 hours
Homework: 112 hours

Assessment method

2 written exams (each accounts for 50%), the first in the middle and the second at the end of the course, with closed-ended and open ended-questions.

Resit

In consultation with the teacher.

Blackboard

Blackboard will be used for:

  • providing study materials

Reading list

  1. Nana Danelia, Basic Georgian, Tbilisi, 2006;
    1. M. Nikolaisvili, N. Bagration-Davitashvili, Georgian Language (Intensive course), Tbilisi, 2012

Registration

Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

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Contact

For questions about the content of the course, you can contact the teacher:
Prof. R. Kurdadze, or Ramaz Kurdadze

Coordinator of Studies: mw. drs. T. Bouma

Administrations Office: van Wijkplaats

Remarks

Course outline

Week 1
1. Georgian alphabet (11 letters) with corresponding lexical material. System of declination in Georgian: Nominative case, formation of nominative case forms. Dialogue. Exercises.
Week 2
2. Georgian alphabet (11 letters) with corresponding lexical material. System of declination in Georgian: Vocative case, formation of vocative case forms. Dialogue. Exercises.
3. Georgian alphabet (11 letters) with corresponding lexical material. Singular and plural forms of noun, formation of plural forms with suffix -eb ‘-eb’. Dialogue. Exercises.
Week 3
4. Mono-personal verb in Georgian. The verb to be in present tense: me var I am [me var]. Lexical material: Personal pronouns. Country and origin names I. Dialogue. Exercises.
5. The verb to be in future tense: me viqnebi I will be [me vikhnebi]. Lexical material: Interrogative pronouns. Country and origin names II. Dialogue. Exercises.
Week 4
6. The verb to be in past: me viyavi I was [me viq’avi]. Lexical material: Adverbs of time. Postpositions. Table of subject person markers. Dialogue. Exercises.
7. Bi-personal verbs in Georgian. me vxatav mas I draw him / her / it [me vxat’av mas] and is mxatavs me he / she draws me [is mxat’avs me]. Table of object person markers. System of declination in Georgian: Dative case. Dialogue. Exercises.
Week 5
8. The verb to have for animate me myavs I have [me mq’avs] in present. Lexical material: Kinship. Possessive Pronouns. Dialogue. Exercises.
9. The verb to have for inanimate me maqvs I have [me makhvs] in present. Lexical material: Adjective, degrees of adjectives. Dialogue. Exercises
Week 6
10. The phrase Cemi saxelia my name is [chemi saxelia]. The verb me mqvia my name is [me mkhvia] in present. Dialogue. Exercises. Lexical material: Numerals, system of count. Dialogue. Exercises.
11. The verb me minda I want [me minda]. Lexical material. System of declination in Georgian: Genitive case. Dialogue. Exercises.
Week 7
12. The verb me vicnob mas I know him / her [me vitsnob mas] in present. Lexical material: Word building (sa- -o). Dialogue. Exercises.
13. The verb me vici I know it [me vitsi] (for example: I know the Georgian language). Lexical material: Word building (-ier-i). Dialogue. Exercises.