Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE NES2005

 
TITLE Comparative Semitics

 
LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 6

 
DEPARTMENT Oriental Studies

 
DESCRIPTION This is an introductory study-unit in Semitic phonology, morphology, and lexicon. Various Semitic languages are taken into consideration from the comparative perspective. The study-unit is based on a number of practical tasks which involve students handling comparative Semitic data. This empirical approach enables students to better understand the typological relationships characterizing the Semitic languages.

Study-unit Aims

1. To introduce students to the main phonological, morphological and lexical features characterizing the Semitic languages;
2. To enable students to handle Semitic data in a practical manner and make their own conclusions about the underlying Semitic typological affiliations.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. comprehend a number of phonological, morphological and lexical features underlying various Semitic languages;
2. identify a number of discriminating phonological, morphological and lexical features which are at the basis of Semitic typological affiliations.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. have a synoptic perspective of phonological, morphological and lexical mechanisms characterizing the Semitic group of languages.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

Bennett, P.R.1998. Comparative Semitic linguistics, Winona Lake.
Bergsträsser, G. 1983. Introduction to the Semitic languages, translated with notes by P.T.Daniels, Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns.
Hetzron, R. (ed.), 1997. The Semitic languages, London.
Lipinski, E. 1997. Semitic languages: Outline of a comparative grammar, Louvain.
Moscati, S. et al. 1969. An introduction to the comparative grammar of the Semitic languages, Wiesbaden.
Rubin, A.D. 2010. A Brief introduction to the Semitic Languages, Gorgias Press.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S Martin R. Zammit

 
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