The classical ‘Altaic’ languages that can be studied here include, in particular, Old Turkic and Chaghatai Turkic (Turkic), Written Mongolian (Mongolic), and Manchu (Tungusic), but Classical Japanese (Japonic) and Middle Korean (Koreanic) are also options. Courses in Old Turkic, Classical Mongolian and Classical Japanese have been recurrently offered by the department, but not on annual basis. The ‘non-Altaic’ classical languages that can be credited in the programme include Classical Chinese and Classical Arabic, both of which are regularly offered by the department, as well as Written Tibetan and Classical Persian.
If you are planning to complete this study unit by taking an exam at the faculty examination, please note that you need to see Professor Juha Janhunen during his office hours and agree upon the literature to study for the exam. You need to do this well in advance, before you register for the faculty examination at WebOodi.
Examples of requirements for independent work are:
Old Turkic: A-M. von Gabain (1941) Alttürkische Grammatik (including the texts); M. Erdal (2004), A Grammar of Old Turkic;
Written Mongolian: K. Grönbech & J.R. Krueger (1955) Introduction to Classical (Literary) Mongolian (including the texts in the original script); N. Poppe (1954) Grammar of Written Mongolian + additional texts;
Manchu: E. Haenisch (1961) Mandschu-Grammatik; Roth Li (2000) Manchu: A Textbook for Reading Documents (including a selection of texts);
Written Tibetan: H.A Jäschke (1888) Tibetan Grammar; S.V. Beyer (1992) The Classical Tibetan Language + a selection of texts.
If you wish to complete the study unit by participating a faculty examination, consult the examiner about the literature to study for the exam before you register for the examination.
Prof. Juha Janhunen