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Introduces basic structures of modern Turkish, which is spoken in the Republic of Turkey, as well as in large immigrant communities throughout Europe. From the very first day of class, there is an emphasis on speaking, both inside and outside the classroom, so that by the end of the first semester students will be comfortable having very basic conversations in Turkish. Also from early in the semester, authentic listening and reading materials will be employed, with level-appropriate activities. Written exercises will provide the foundation for writing skills in Turkish, to be further developed in subsequent semesters.

Modern Turkish skills are further developed through speaking inside the classroom, interaction with native-speaker language partners, reading authentic texts containing more complex structures than in the first year, watching and listening to authentic on-line materials such as news broadcasts and television dramas, and writing short weekly essays. Awareness of the distinctive features of Turkish culture is developed through all of these means. The grammar focus is on complex structures (reported speech, relative clauses,

Consists of readings in translation from Turkish literary figures of the 20th centuries, including Yashar Kemal, Orhan Pamuk, and Elif Shafak. Themes to be explored 21st include cultural tensions between Turkey and the West, and within Turkey between rural and urban cultures, as well as between the Ottoman legacy and the modern republic. Students will participate in discussions during lectures, and will write four papers of five pages each.

This class examines how Turkish culture is interpreted and represented via creative processes in various forms of media such as film, dramatic television series, music, and satirical cartoons. Turkey's international media profile has grown in recent years, with a Turkish film (Winter Sleep) winning the Palme d'Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, and Turkish TV series now immensely popular not only in Turkey but across the Middle East and parts of Europe. We will trace the development of Turkish cinema from the melodramas and B movies of the early Yeşilçam ("green pine") era to more recent critically acclaimed films, and the contemporaneous rise of Turkish TV dramas, which have replaced telenovelas from Latin America in popularity. We will also examine the reflection of popular culture in musical genres such as pop, rock, arabesk, and Turkish classical art music. In addition, we will take a close look at social and political events (such as the Gezi protests of 2013) as portrayed in weekly satirical comic magazines.

This course examines the Turkic language from the perspective of various subfields of linguistic inquiry. We will begin by looking at the history of Turkish, its place within the Turkic language family, and the Altaic hypothesis. The major part of the semester comprises an investigation of modern Turkish with regard to syntax, phonology, morphology, information structure, and sociolinguistics. We will end with the semester with a study of the history, language ideology, and linguistic effects of the Turkish language reform, a mid-20th century government-sponsored effort to purge the language of foreign words.

Ottoman Turkish is the administrative and literary language of the Ottoman Empire. Written in Arabic script, Ottoman has a Turkish linguistic core, with substantial influence from Classical Arabic and Persian. In this one-semester class, the following skills and topics are covered: Ottoman spelling, paleography, Persian and Arabic grammar and vocabulary as found in Ottoman, and archaic Turkish grammar. Two script styles are taught: nesih (Arabic nasx) and rıka (Arabic ruq‘a), respectively the standard printed and handwritten fonts of the late Ottoman period (ca. 18th-20th centuries). Reading is the primary skill developed, with a secondary emphasis on rıka penmanship, on the premise that this will aid in the reading of handwritten documents. Texts to be used throughout the semester include a selection of printed and handwritten documents. PREREQUISITES: 1. ONE YEAR OF ARABIC, AND 2. TWO YEARS OF TURKISH (or demonstrated equivalent proficiency). This class is delivered entirely on-line.

Last Updated: 2/21/17