Ottoman Turkish Beginner II

Course Status: 
CEU code: 
SLTG 5233
CEU credits: 
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Start and end dates: 
8 Jan 2018 - 30 Mar 2018
Eda Guclu

SLTG - 5233 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 a 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