Academic year
2020/2021 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LT0204 (AF:314537 AR:168392)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
Course year
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The course Azeri/Azerbaijanian language belongs to the BA program “Language, Culture and Society of Asia and Mediterranean Africa” (Near and Middle East) and intends to provide students with the basic notions concerning a) the linguistic structure of the Azeri/Azerbaijanian language, including its phonological, morphological and syntactical aspects, b) Azeri dialectology and c) Old Azeri.

Objectives of the courses are: 1) to acquire knowledge of the phonetics, phonology, morphology and syntax of the Azerbaijanian language, the official language of Azerbaijan 2) knowledge of Azeri dialectology and c) knowledge of Old Azeri.

Students will gradually acquire knowledge of the fundamental elements of the Azerbaijanian language (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and lexical stratification) and reach level A2 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of reference for knowledge of languages). Student will also acquire knowledge of Azeri sociolinguistics, Azeri dialectology and Old Azeri.
There are no entry qualifications for this course.
During the lessons, the following topics will be discussed:

-Alphabet and pronunciation, nominal and verbal morphology (derivational and inflectional), sentence structure (syntax) of Azerbaijanian
-Azeri dialectology
-Azeri sociolinguistics
- Old Azerbaijanian (Ajemi Turkic)
Besides the materials provided by the professor, the following books and articles will be used:

Bulut, C. 2018. The Turkic varieties of Iran. In: Haig, Geoffrey & Khan Geoffrey (eds.) The Languages and Linguistics of Western Asia: An areal perspective (The World of Linguistics 6). Berlin & Boston. 398-444.
Csató, É. Á. & Johanson, L. & Róna-Tas, A. & Utas, B. 2016. Turks and Iranians: Interactions in language and history (Turcologica 105). Wiesbaden.
Dehghani, Y. 2000. A grammar of Iranian Azari: including comparisons with Persian (LINCOM studies in Asian linguistics 30.) München.
Fierman, W. & Garibova, J. 2010. Central Asia and Azerbaijan. In: Fishman, J. A. & García, O. (eds.) Handbook of Language and Ethnic Identity. Oxford. 423-451.
Hatcher, L. 2008. Script change in Azerbaijan: acts of identity. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 192, 105-116.
Gandjei, T. 1992. Turkish in the Ṣafavid court of Iṣfahān. Turcica XXI-XXIII, 311-318.
Garibova, J. 2009. Language Policy in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan: Political Aspects.
International Journal of the Sociology of Language 198, 7-32.
Johanson, L. 1997. A grammar of the “lingua turcica agemica”. In: Kellner-Heinkele, B. & Zieme, P. (eds.) Studia Ottomanica. Festgabe für György Hazai zum 65. Geburtstag. (Veröffentlichungen der Societas Uralo-Altaica 47.) Wiesbaden. 87–101.
Johanson, L. & Bulut, C. (eds.) 2006. Turkic-Iranian contact areas. Historical and linguistic aspects (Turcologica 62). Wiesbaden.
Landau, J. M. & Kellner-Heinkele, B. 2001. Politics of language in the ex-Soviet Muslim States: Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. Ann Arbor.
Perry, J. 1996. Persian in the Safavid Period: Sketch for an Etat de Langue. Pembroke Papers 4 (1996), 269-83.
Perry, J. 2001. The historical role of Turkish in relation to Persian of Iran. Iran & the Caucasus 5 (2001), 193-200.
Ragagnin, E. 2016. Mongolic loanwords in Azerbaijanian: an areal view. Turkologiya 2016/2, 19-26.
Rahmati, N. & Buğday, K. 1998. Aserbaidschanisch: Lehrbuch. Unter Berücksichtigung des Nord- und Südaserbaidschanischen. Wiesbaden.
Schönig, C. 1998. Azerbaijanian. In: Johanson, L. & Csató, É. Á. (eds.) The Turkic languages. London & New York. 248-260.
Širaliev, M. Š. 1983. Dialekty i govory azerbajdžanskogo jazyka. Baky.
Širaliev, M. Š. & Sevortjan, Ė. V. 1971. Grammatika azerbajdžanskogo jazyka (fonetika, morfologija i sintaksis). Baky.
Stein, H. (ed.) 2014. Turkic language in Iran – past and present (Turcologica 100). Wiesbaden.
Sultanzade, V. 2009. Turkish-Azerbaijani dictionary of interlingual homonyms and paronyms. (Lincom Studies in Asian Linguistics 75). München.
The oral exam will deal with the topics discussed during the course.
Frontal classes complemented by regular reading and translation sessions involving students’ active participation.
Students are strongly advised to attend classes regularly

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "International cooperation" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

This programme is provisional and there could still be changes in its contents.
Last update of the programme: 15/07/2020