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141067 VO Introduction to a Cushitic Language: Somali I (2020W)


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: German

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

UPDATE 28.9.2020
Die LV findet bis auf Weiteres über Zoom-Videokonferenz statt.
Start ist am 8.10.2020 um 15.00 Uhr, eine Einladung wird am selben Tag auf moodle verlinkt.
Sollten sich im Laufe des Semesters die Covidmaßnahmen lockern, ist eine Aufnahme des Präsenzunterrichts möglich.

Thursday 08.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 15.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 22.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 29.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 05.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 12.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 19.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 26.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 03.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 10.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 17.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 07.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 14.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 21.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

orthography and phonology of Somali
basic knowledge of morphology and Syntax
basic vocabulary

Somali is the official language of Somalia and is spoken by more than 12 million people in the Horn of Africa. It belongs to the Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asian language family. This course is conceived as a two-semester language course and is intended to enable students to have simple conversations in word and writing.

Lecture by the course instructor, supported by numerous practice sessions and audiovisual language material.
ATTENTION: The method may be switched to hybrid teaching or pure online teaching (via Zoom Meetings) if necessary (due to limitations of presence because of Covid-19).

Assessment and permitted materials

written presence examination at the end of the semester
ATTENTION: If this is not possible due to restrictions because of Covid-19, it will be changed to a 'take home exam'.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

written test comprising 5 questions, in total, 30 points can be reached
- 15,25 Punkte: Nicht Genügend
15,5 – 19 Punkte: Genügend
19,25 – 22,75: Befriedigend
23 – 26,5: Gut
26,75 – 30 Sehr Gut

Examination topics

language use Level A1

Reading list

Orwin, Martin. 1995. Colloquial Somali. The Complete Course for Beginners. Routledge:New York
Zorc, David R. & Madina M. Osman. 1993. Somali - English Dictionary with English Index. dp: Kensington

Association in the course directory

BA-Afrika: SAS-A, SAS-B, MA: SAS.VO.1, SAS.VO.2

Last modified: Fr 30.10.2020 08:48