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South Asia Department

Hindi Language 3 (Postgraduate)

Course Code:
15PSAC297
Unit value:
1
Taught in:
Full Year

Prerequisites

Hindi Language 2 (Postgraduate) or equivalent

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate…

  1. knowledge of distinctions of style and register in Hindi, the complementary nature of various different styles of Hindi vis-à-vis the concept of a uniform ‘standard Hindi’.
  2. knowledge and understanding word-formation and etymology in Hindi
  3. knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of advanced Hindi structures and expressions in a given context
  4. the ability to understand the content and nuances of style in a broad range of Hindi ‘texts’ (including films, short plays, songs, web articles, stories, formal and informal correspondence)
  5. the ability to comment on the content and style of these passages in written Hindi
  6. the ability to comment on the content and style of these passages in spoken Hindi
  7. the ability to engage in spoken discourse on a wide range of topics
  8. knowledge and understanding of the role of language in general, and Hindi in particular, in language-based scholarship and research (specific learning outcome for PG students)

Workload

This course will be taught over 22 weeks with 3 hours classroom contact per week in language classes. 10 research seminars to be taken within SOAS.  Attendance to be proven by signature from chair and to be submitted to the Associate Dean for Masters by the last day of term 2.

Scope and syllabus

The course aims at augmenting the student’s awareness of distinctions of style and register in Hindi by working on ‘texts’ of different kinds; the range will include transcriptions of popular film dialogue, short dramas, formal and informal correspondence, narrative prose, film lyrics and news broadcasts. A further aspect of the course will be to look at word-formation and processes of etymology, and subsequently to consider the complementary nature of various different styles of Hindi vis-à-vis the concept of a uniform ‘standard Hindi’.

Communicative practice is established through listening and discussing the texts and the topics they introduce, with particular reference to the context-bound nature of language and ideas. This provides students with a range of materials to approach research topics relating to Hindi language and the histories, societies and cultures associated with Hindi.

A series of special PG lectures with associated seminars structured around the six themes Structure, Texts, Identity, Society, Translation and Transformation (provided for PG students studying different languages) introduces students to general questions of the role of language in language-based scholarship and research and provides them with the critical and methodological skills to relate their language acquisition to the thematic aspects of the studies.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (40%); a translation project to be completed over the academic year of a suitable length to be submitted on the last day of term 2 (30%); on essay of 400 (written in Hindi) to be submitted on day 2, week 7, term 1 (10%); an oral examination of 30 minutes taken in May/June (15%); one oral presentation (5%).

Suggested reading

  • Materials will be made available throughout the course.