KOREAN LANGUAGE: THEN AND NOW
The primary goal of this course is to offer a basic level linguistic and historical knowledge of the Korean language to students with no background or knowledge in Korean. Also, the course introduces the language within a broader context of culture and history of Asian languages. The course covers 1) the origin and history, 2) relationship with other Asian languages: Chinese, Japanese, and Dravidian in particular, 3) creation and development of the alphabet Han.kul, 4) sounds and their diachronic and synchronic changes, 5) basic structures and socio-cultural aspects, and 6) political and geographical dialects of the Korean language. At the end of the semester, students are expected to gain an introductory linguistic and historical knowledge of the Korean language for their further studies in the Korean language and linguistics.