This biannual course is taught on years 2014-2015, 2016-2017, ...
Proficiency in Armenian language and introduction to the history and culture of Armenia.
Alternating with LGLOR2653, this course deals with Armenian texts which were either produced in this language , or were translated from Greek into Armenian. Particular attention is also paid to the study of manuscripts, to palaeography and the technique of edition of critical texts. Through the study and commentary of selected texts, the history and culture of Armenia are also studied.
To this course are added 7,5 hours of exercises, which correspond to the personal preparation by the student of the Armenian texts analysed during the lectures.
At the end of this course, the student will be able to read, translated and analyse ancient and medieval Armenian texts of advanced difficulty. He will have mastered the various working tools, and will also be able to carry out a personal research on Armenian texts and language.
The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Armenian literature belongs to the literatures of the medieval East. The course aims at training the students in the linguistic peculiarities of the Armenian language and to its cultural environment, through the reading of original or translated texts. Notions of grammar (morphology, syntax, vocabulary, etymology) and of the history of the language are thoroughly studied ; comparisons are made with other languages, in particular with Greek and Georgian. Through the reading of texts, the course aims at making the history of Armenia familiar to the students, especially the relationship between Armenian and the Byzantine world, the East,and the West.
The course is conceived as an introduction to research, and requires a certain amount of preparation by the sudent.
The lecture takes the form of seminars : the texts that the students will have prepared are analysed in class, and grammatical, linguistic, historical, and cultural commentaries are added. The lecturer will on occasions supply additional explanations on special points regarding the history, culture, literature and arts of Armenia. A recommended reading list is supplied.
Oral exam will be held at the end of the term : reading, translation, grammatical analysis and commentaries of a text studied in class.
A meeting is organized at the beginning of the term in order to decide the schedule of the courses ; this meeting is announced at the valvae of the Oriental Institute and on iCampus.
A. Meillet, Altarmenisches Elementarbuch, rééd. Anast., Heidelberg, 1980.
M. Nichanian, Ages et usages de la langue arménienne, Paris, 1989.
G. Dédéyan (dir.), Histoire du peuple arménien, Toulouse, 2008.
Texts and materials are provided by the lecturer.