This course examines the structure of the major Central Eurasian languages and recent linguistic work on them. The Sprachbund (‘linguistic area’) theory that is usually assumed for these languages is examined, as are the major relationship theories, both divergent (‘genetic’) and convergent. The language families covered include Finno-Ugric, Indo-European, Mongolic, Puyo-Koguryoic, Tibeto-Burman, Tungusic, and Turkic. No prior knowledge of Central Eurasian languages is assumed or required.
Attendance and participation (25%)
One short research paper (on a linguistic topic determined after consultation with the instructor), to be presented in class (25%)
One short research article developed from the paper presented in class (25%)
Required Textbook: A reading list will be handed out in class.