SOAS University of London

South Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

Hindi Language 4 (PG)

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2022/2023
FHEQ Level:
Taught in:
Full Year

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

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

  1. knowledge and understanding of complex Hindi grammar structures, and basic Persian and Arabic structures that are found in Hindi/Urdu
  2. knowledge and understanding of a wide range of Hindi vocabulary, from highly Sanskritized to fairly Persianized
  3. knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of advanced and colloquial  Hindi structures and expressions in a given context
  4. the ability to understand long passages in written Hindi on any topic
  5. the ability to produce passages of the appropriate length in the appropriate register of written Hindi on any topic
  6. the ability to understand spoken Hindi on any topic and at every level of the language
  7. the ability to engage in spoken discourse on any topic and at any level of the language


Total of 22 weeks teaching with 4 hours language classes per week in language classes.

Scope and syllabus

This module presumes already advanced knowledge of the Hindi language. The emphasis is on learning and using specialist vocabulary from a variety of areas (politics, religion, psychology and emotions, patriarchy, development, Perso-Urdu culture, patriarchy, etc.). A wide range of (mostly web-based) audio-visual material is used for the purpose, as well as appropriate selections from plays, stories and articles. Listening and reading comprehension of difficult passages and specific language registers is fostered throughout. Proficiency in written Hindi is fostered through writing of responses, speeches, articles on specific topics or using specific language registers or idiolects.  

Communicative practice is established through discussion in Hindi of the issues arising from the specific topics, role-plays and presentations. Hindi alone is used throughout the course.

The module provides students with an advanced knowledge of Hindi and practice of using Hindi in a variety of situations. It allows students to interact with Hindi speakers in Hindi and to use original Hindi language sources within the level covered in the module. This provides students with a basis 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 (50%); an oral presentation in week 5 of term 2 (10%) and a final oral examination of approximately 15-20 minutes taken in May/June (10%); one essay of 500 (in Hindi) to be submitted on day 1, after reading week, term 1 (5%); one essay of 500 (in Hindi) to be submitted on day 1, after reading week, term 2 (5%); one essay of 2,000 (in Hindi) to be submitted on day 1, term 3 (20%).

Suggested reading

1) The module will be based on
  • Advanced Hindi course pack  

and additional materials which will be made available throughout the course.

2) Additional Hindi References
Hindi Learning Resources
  • Jain, Usha R. 2007. Advanced Hindi grammar. Berkeley: Center for South Asia Studies, University of California.
  • Montaut, Annie. 2004. A Grammar of Hindi. München: Lincom  Europa
  • Sandahl, Stella. 2001. A Reference Grammar of Hindi. Leuven: Peeters.
  • Shackle and Snell. Hindi and Urdu since 1900. London : School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 1990
  • McGregor, R.S. 1993. The Oxford Hindi-English Dictionary. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Linguistic Studies
  • Masica, Colin P. 1991. The Indo-Aryan Languages. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
  • Kachru, Yamnua. 1980. Aspects of Hindi Grammar. New Delhi: Manohar.
  • Oberlies, Thomas.  2005. A historical grammar of Hindi. Graz: Leykam.
  • Beg, M.K.A. Socio-Linguistic Perspectives on Hindi and Urdu in India. New Delhi : Bahri Publications, 1996
  • Pandit, Ira. 1986. Hindi English code switching : mixed Hindi English. Delhi: Datta Book Centre, 1986
  • Shackle, C (ed.). 1985. South Asian Languages: A Handbook. London, SOAS
  • Abbi, Anvita. 2001. A manual of linguistic field work and structures of Indian languages. Munich: Lincom Europa.


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