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Life and Language in the Caucasus

Wikipedia describes the Caucasus as “one of the most linguistically and culturally diverse regions on Earth.” While this accuracy of this statement is difficult to evaluate, the sentiment is certainly valid. This course is intended for non-majors as well as majors, and thus include a significant linguistic component as well as a cultural component. The first half of each class investigates the language families of the region, some typological facts and unusual phonological, morphological, and syntactic phenomena. The core questions addressed in this section are 1) what is the significance of rare linguistic structures and 2) what can we learn from them?  We would also go over a brief history of the region, focusing on events of importance to its linguistic development, and also discuss its significance in Greek mythology. Study of the Caucasus inevitably returns to the theme of boundaries: linguistic, cultural and geographical. A large portion of this course focuses on where these boundaries align and diverge.

The syllabus and course outline can be found below.
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poppyslocum,
May 18, 2013, 3:29 PM
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poppyslocum,
May 18, 2013, 3:29 PM
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