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PLAN 102 : Pāli II

Course

This course continues from Pāli I, and introduces more complex grammar structures such as compounds, sandhi rules (rules of euphonic combinations), nominal derivatives, and verbal derivatives. By the end of the semester, students will be able to identify the common grammatical features of the Pāli language and will be able to translate simple Pāli texts with […]

PLAN 201: Pāli III

Course

This course continues from Pāli II, building on the foundational grammar and vocabulary used in earlier courses to enable students to read increasingly longer and more complex texts, including texts from the “three baskets” of teachings; Sutta, Abhidhamma and Vinaya. Passages from commentarial works are also introduced to expose students to a greater variety of […]

PLAN 202 : Pāli IV

Course

This is a reading course in Pāli Buddhist texts that provides a broader introduction to the various genres of Buddhist literature including Pāli commentaries, histories, Apadānas, and Jātakas. This course also looks at the resources available for scholarship in the field of Pāli literature and Theravāda Buddhism, including online resources, dictionaries, and reference works, and […]

WLAN 101 : Nepal Bhasa I

Course

This course introduces students to basic patterns of spoken Newar, or Nepal Bhasha, the indigenous language of Kathmandu Valley and its environs. At the introductory level students use the Devanāgarī script to enhance their understanding of Newar morphology. They will learn basic sentence structure and begin building a vocabulary of colloquial words and phrases. Basic […]

WLAN 102 : Nepal Bhasa II

Course

Building on Newar I, this course aims to develop students’ ability to communicate in spoken and written Newar. More complicated grammatical structures and further vocabulary are introduced and students engage actively in the classroom to further develop their skills in basic communication. An emphasis will be placed on acquisition of language skills that will facilitate […]

WLAN 201 : Nepal Bhasa III

Course

This course builds on the basic understanding of Newar grammar and vocabulary acquired in Newar I and II. Students develop facility with more complex sentence structures and gain a more extensive vocabulary. After a review of the basic Newar grammatical structures learned previously, this course covers increasingly more complex sentence structures while emphasizing practical language […]

WLAN 202 : Nepal Bhasa IV

Course

Building on Newar III, this course continues with increasingly more complex and nuanced sentence structures and vocabulary usage. There will be continued emphasis on practical language use and fluency in spoken Newar. At the same time, students will enhance their ability to decipher and translate 30  Newar manuscripts, including those written in Old Newar. Students […]

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