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141067 VO Introduction to a Cushitic Language: Somali I (2021W)

We 19.01. 15:00-16:30 Digital


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

Wednesday 13.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 20.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 27.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 03.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 10.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 17.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 24.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 01.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 15.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 12.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

language use level A1.1.

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.

Online-lecture (via Zoom) by the course instructor, supported by numerous practice sessions and audio material.

Assessment and permitted materials

written 'take home exam' at the end of the semester
permitted tools: dictionaries, reference grammars, handouts (moodle)

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

all handouts posted on Moodle during the semester

Reading list

El-Solami-Mewis.1987. Lehrbuch des Somali. VEB: Leipzig
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

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