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140132 UE Introduction to the Linguistics of Scripts in South Asia (2017S)

Continuous assessment of course work

Details

max. 24 participants
Language: German

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 10.03. 10:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum 2 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-18
Friday 10.03. 14:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum 2 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-18
Saturday 11.03. 10:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum 2 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-18
Saturday 11.03. 14:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum 2 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-18
Friday 17.03. 10:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum 2 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-18
Friday 17.03. 14:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum 2 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-18
Saturday 18.03. 10:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum 2 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-18
Saturday 18.03. 14:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum 2 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-18

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

When and how does writing as a cultural technique arrive in South Asia? The answer to this question is a contested one. It can be stated with certainty, however, that after an initial phase of script development each South Asian language was attributed its own
script. Script plays much more than in Europe the role of a marker of identity and contains in itself sociocultural information about its users.
Written communication in South Asia is presently of a threefold nature. There is English and Latin script as a ‘global’ media, and there are classical and modern media of communication in South Asian writing systems which are used in contestations of cultural and political nature. Examples are opposite pairs such as Sanskrit versus Prakrit languages or Urdu versus Hindi. So in both India and Pakistan regional writing systems are carriers of dominant, literate regional identities.
Our course approaches such questions from the point of view of history and paleography as well as from language sociology.

Assessment and permitted materials

Hausarbeit.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

Coulmans, Florian (2003): Writing Systems. Cambridge: Cambridge UP
Falk, Harry (1993): Schrift im alten Indien. Ein Forschungsbericht mit Anmerkungen. Tübingen: Günter Narr.
Haarmann, Harald (2009): Geschichte der Schrift. München: Beck

Association in the course directory

MASK6c (UE A), IMAK6 , MAK7

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