Ottoman Turkish Beginner II

Course Status: 
CEU code: 
SLTG 5233
CEU credits: 
ECTS credits: 
Academic year: 
Start and end dates: 
9 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
Non-degree Specialization: 
MMSS—Medieval Manuscript Studies Specialization
Non-degree Specialization: 
SEMS—Specialization in Eastern Mediterranean Studies
Non-degree Specialization: 
SRS—Specialization Religious Studies
Eda Guclu

Ottoman Turkish Beginner II 
Instructor: Eda Güçlü
Office hours: after class or by appointment



This course aims to provide students who are familiar with Arabic script with basic knowledge of Turkish-Arabic-Persian grammar. It offers a combination of reading exercises and reflection on textual patterns. Examples of texts from a variety of genres will be treated in order to develop participants’ reading skills with knowledge of specific vocabulary and means of expression used in them, and to give students an idea of what kind of sources are available to an historian.



Participation: 20 %
Quizzes and homework: 40 %
Final Exam: 40 %



Devellioğlu, Ferit. Osmanlıca-Türkçe Ansiklopedik Lûgat: Eski ve Yeni Harflerle (Ankara: Aydın Kitabevi, 2000).

Redhouse, James W. A Turkish and English Lexicon (Istanbul: Çağrı Yayınları, 2001).

Redhouse Yeni Türkçe-İngilizce Sözlük/New Redhouse Turkish-English Dictionary (Istanbul: Redhourse Yayınevi, 1986).


Recommended Grammar Books

Buğday, Korkut. The Routledge Introduction to Literary Ottoman (London, New York: Routledge, 2009).

Develi, Hayati. Osmanlı Türkçesi Kılavuzu. Vol. 1 (İstanbul: Kitabevi, 2004).

Develi, Hayati. Osmanlı Türkçesi Kılavuzu. Vol. 2 (İstanbul: Kitabevi, 2004).

Ergin, Muharrem. Osmanlıca dersleri (İstanbul: Boğaziçi Yayınları, 2000).

Timurtaş, Faruk K. Osmanlı Türkçesine Giriş: Eski Yazı, Gramer, Aruz, Metinler (İstanbul: İstanbul Üniversitesi Edebiyat Fakültesi Yayınları, 1987).



Week 1: The Arabic definite article

Week 2: Arabic stems: ism-i mekân, ism-i zamân, ism-i ‘âlet, ism-i mensûb

Week 3: Participles and adverbial expressions derived from verbs

Week 4: Arabic and Persian prepositions

Week 5: Persian formative elements

Week 6: Turkish formations: -dikden sonra; -mek üzere; -meksizin

Week 7: Turkish question tag

Week 8: Common formulaic expressions

Week 9: Turkish adjective suffixes

Week 10: Turkish conjunctions and particles

Week 11: Turkish gerunds

Week 12: Transliteration systems