Introduction to the Iranian Languages Syllabus

Below you will find the syllabus of the course “Introduction to the Iranian language”․ During the two weeks (10 days) students will acquire a solid foundation in Iranian linguistics, get familiar with separate Iranian languages (e.g. Persian, Tajiki, Dari, Kurdish, Pashto, Balochi, Talyshi), and the politics around them. The first week will serve as a general introduction to the Iranian subbranch of the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European languages. The internal divisions of the Iranian languages, their particular characteristics, and the chronological divisions of these languages will be discussed. In the second week, separate languages will be studied each day. These include Persian (along with Dari and Tajiki), Kurdish, Pashto, Talyshi and Zazaki (Dimli)․

Introduction to the Iranian languages, from Jun 21, 2021 to Jul 02, 2021 (2 weeks)

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Week 1 - Diachronic and Synchronic Approach to the Iranian Languages

In the first week of this introductory course we are going to cast a general though deep look at the entirety of Iranian languages and their origins. Iranian languages are descended from a single Proto-Iranian ancestor that developed from Proto-Indo-Iranian some 4000 years ago. The Iranian languages have a rich history and have been and are being spoken across vast areas, from Mesopotamia to the Tarim Basin in Xinjiang, China. Besides, learning about the origins and the methodology by which these languages are categorized and grouped, we are also going to understand the development process of the Iranian languages, especially paying attention to the history of Persian.

Week 2 - Discussing Several Iranian Languages

The second week of this introductory course is going to be dedicated to individual Iranian languages. All languages to be discussed are modern Iranian languages. They are selected in order to give students a clear understanding and basic knowledge of different Iranian subgroups. In this section, we also have considered the importance (political, cultural, historical) of the languages in question.