SOAS University of London

South Asia Department

Hindi Language 3 (PG)

Module Code:
15PSAC297
Credits:
30
Taught in:
Full Year

Prerequisites

Hindi Language 2 (Postgraduate) or equivalent.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the module, 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

Workload

Total of 22 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week in language classes.

Scope and syllabus

The module 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 module 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.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (60%); a 10 minute oral presentation taken during the year (10%) a 30 minute oral examination taken in May/June (30%).

Suggested reading

Materials will be made available throughout the module.

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