Ottoman Turkish Language (PG)

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Module overview


Successful completion of Intensive Turkish language (PG) (T1) or equivalent standard in Turkish.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

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

  1. to have acquired competence in the reading of printed texts in Ottoman
  2. progress in the translation and interpretation of Ottoman texts in the genres studied
  3. a better understanding of the written legacy of the Ottoman empire
  4. a good understanding of the Turkish language reform
  5. appropriate knowledge of the philological and methodological issues with which Ottomanists engage
  6. knowledge and understanding of the role of language in general, and Turkish in particular, in language-based scholarship and research (specific learning outcome for PG students)


This course will be taught over 22 weeks with 2 hours classroom contact per week in language classes.

Scope and syllabus

The course comprises mainly the reading and discussion of a selection of set printed texts in Ottoman It also involves study of the principal orthographic, grammatical and stylistic features  through comparison of style and usage in selected texts.

The texts to be read will normally be printed sources in the Ottoman script, and will be selected mostly from various prose (newspapers, historiography, travel literature, reference works, treatises and letters/documents) and poetry genres.  Material is prepared in transcription for analysis and discussion in class.

Method of assessment

  • One 500-word tanscription and translation assignment (20%)
  • One 750-word tanscription and translation assignment (20%)
  • One 2,500-word Essay (60%)
  • The exact assessment deadline dates are published on the relevant module Moodle/BLE page


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