Syriac 1


Course Objective

At the end of the course the student has mastered a basic knowledge of
the Syriac language (orthography, phonology, morphology, syntax) and is
able to read some "easy" original Syriac texts independently.

Course Content

After a short introduction into the history of the Syriac language, the
student is introduced step by step into the Syriac language. Special
attention is paid to the salient linguistic features of the Semitic
languages (which include Syriac, Hebrew, Arabic) in comparison with, for
example, Indo-European languages.

Teaching Methods

Seminar. Discussion of exercises that the students have to prepare in

Method of Assessment

Final written examination. Three diagnostic tests during the course so
that the student can monitor her or his progress.


J.F. Coakley, Robinson's Paradigms and Exercises in Syriac Grammar
(Oxford University Press 2003) and reader (will be made available
through Canvas).

Target Audience

Linguists who are interested in the Semitic language family; those who
are interested in the Syriac culture, the history of the Middle East in
Late Antiquity, Eastern Christianity, liturgy, historiography and
history of science in Late Antiquity and the Middel Ages, and in ancient
Bible translations.

Additional Information

This course is given once in two years. It will be offered in 2019-2020.
The course only takes place if there are 5 or more participants.

General Information

Course Code L_GOBAALG005
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator prof. dr. W.T. van Peursen
Examiner prof. dr. W.T. van Peursen
Teaching Staff prof. dr. W.T. van Peursen

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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