Semitic Comparative Linguistics

lglor2801  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Semitic Comparative Linguistics
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
30.0 h

  This biannual learning unit is not being organized in 2020-2021 !

Main themes
An introduction to historical and comparative linguistics, as applied to the Semitic languages.
The course deals with the following themes:
1. A description of the Semitic languages and their specific characteristics;
2. The comparison of these languages at the level of phonology, morphology and syntax, in order to present their fundamental common characteristics.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of this course, the student will be familiar with the objectives and methods of linguistic comparison. Through the study of forms that are attested in each language, he will be able to state the historical position of each of them in the Semitic domain, and thus to obtain a better understanding of the phenomena of transformation.
The aim of the comparative study of Semitic languages is to try to obtain the earliest characteristics (morphological and phonological) of Semitic. After a global exposé on the Semitic languages (geographical distribution, chronological limits, a brief outline of texts) the first two parts deal with phonology and morphology, whereas the third part provides an introduction to issues of comparative syntax (essentially syntax of verbs).
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

This course comes in the format of occasional sessions sustained by the Moodle virtual teaching environment, and the own input of the students. Students are required to prepare an intervention based on the knowledge obtained in the introduction as well as on their own reading of published sources and studies.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Evaluation of an intervention, to be submitted in writing and to be presented orally and pertaining to one or more linguistic phenomena studied from a comparative perspective.
Other information
  • Portefeuille de lectures/textes
  • Manuel de base : J.-C. Haelewyck, Grammaire comparée des langues sémitiques. Eléments de phonétique, de morphologie et de syntaxe, Bruxelles, Safran, 2006.
  • Textes imprimés, textes en photocopies, documents présentés sous forme numérique, support sonore.
  • Inscription obligatoire sur Moodle.
Teaching materials
  • Portefeuille de lectures/textes
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Linguistics

Master [60] in Ancient Languages and Literatures : Oriental Studies

Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies