Ottoman Turkish Beginner I

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CEU code: 
SLTG 5133
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Start and end dates: 
17 Sep 2018 - 7 Dec 2018
Eda Guclu

Ottoman Turkish Beginner I


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: Plural and declination of Turkish nouns, personal pronouns, possessive endings, derivative endings in Turkish


Week 2: Conjugation of Turkish verbs: present tense, aorist, past definitive, and negative forms; question tag; passive, reflexive, reciprocal, causative verbs; Turkish prepositions and conjugations


Week 3: Participles and adverbial expressions derived from verbs


Week 4: Conjugation of Turkish verbs: past dubitative, future, optative, subjunctive-optative, necessitative, imperative


Week 5: Regular verbal substantives of roots with three consonants I


Week 6: Persian izâfet I


Week 7: Persian izâfet II


Week 8: Regular verbal substantives of roots with three consonants II


Week 9: Irregular verbal substantives of roots with three consonants


Week 10: Active and passive participles I


Week 11: Active and passive participles II


Week 12: Transliteration systems: Birnbaum, Eleazar. "The transliteration of Ottoman Turkish for Library and General Purposes," Journal of the American Oriental Society, vol. 87 (issue 2), April 1967: 122-156.