Languages of the Caucasus (Armenian, Georgian) B

lglor1652  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

Languages of the Caucasus (Armenian, Georgian) B
5.00 credits
30.0 h
Q1 and Q2

This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2021-2022
- For the level 1, none; a knowledge of the notions of Latin and/or Greek is useful, but not indispensable.
- For the level 2, the course LGLOR1651 (level 1).
Main themes
An initiation into the structures and principal characteristics of the ancient Armenian and Georgian languages.
Alternately with LGLOR1651, this course is given to two distinct groups of students according to their level. The first term is devoted to Armenian, the second to Georgian.

- For the level 1 (beginners), it treats first the writing and reading of the two alphabets concerned, and then the basic notions of the declensions and conjugations.
- For the level 2, it deepens the notions of morphology and deals with the notions of syntax.

Students attending this course during their preparatory year to the Master in Ancient Languages and Literatures (Oriental Languages) will receive specific guidelines enabling them to get in one year the necessary skills as required by the end of the two levels.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of this course, which implies following the course LGLOR1651 also, the student will be capable of reading and translating, with help of the basic tools, ancient Armenian and Georgian texts of elementary or average difficulty. In order to achieve this goal, he will have acquired the basic notions of the nominal morphology (declensions) and of the verbal morpholy (conjugations) of Armenian and Georgian languages.
Introduction to the ancient Armenian language (Q1) and to the ancient Georgian language (Q2). For each language:
- introduction to the alphabet (reading and writing)
- main grammatical elements (morphology and syntax)
- commented reading of simple texts
Presentation of the main tools: grammars, dictionaries, digital resources.
Teaching methods
The teacher presents the elements of grammar (morphology and syntax), which are then immediately applied in sentences and texts that the students are invited to read and analyse with the help of the teacher.
Evaluation methods
Continuous assessment through the reading and analysis exercises in class, complemented by an oral exam focusing on the texts read in class.
Split of the points: continuous assessment 50%; oral exam 50%.
Other information
English-friendly course: course taught in French but offering facilities in English.
Arménien / Armenian: R.W. Thomson, An Introduction to Classical Armenian, 2d ed., Delmar, NY, Caravan Books, 1989. Version pdf fournie aux étudiants / Pdf version available for the students.
Géorgien / Georgian: syllabus fourni par l'enseignant / syllabus provided by the teacher.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies

Minor in Oriental Studies