Grammar of a Less Familiar Language OpenCourseWare: A Free Graduate Study Grammar Course by MIT

Published Jan 30, 2009

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers 'Grammar of a Less Familiar Language' as a free OpenCourseWare. This course allows Linguistics graduate students to examine a language that is not only unfamiliar to them but to most people that are not indigenous to the language's country of origin. Scholars will study the grammatical structure of the foreign idiom.

Grammar of a Less Familiar Language: Course Specifics

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Grammar of a Less Familiar Language: Course Description

Zazaki is spoken in three main dialects and exclusive to provinces in Turkey. Professor Michael Kenstowicz and Professor Norvin W. Richards will work with students to examine the morphology, phonology and suface syntax of such an obscure language. Students will learn to determine the grammatical structure of the language. After pinpointing a particular grammatical component, such as questions or agreement, each student will focus on that component and write a report due at the end of the course. Scholars will also learn the phonological correspondences of Zazaki and related languages, such as Kurdish. This course is in lecture form and contains group sessions and individual meetings with an advisor.

Lectures, study materials and suggested readings are available online for free for this course. If you would like to take advantage of this free course, visit the Grammar of a Less Familiar Language course page.

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