Jos Weitenberg Memorial Workshop on the History of Armenian
Dr Hrach Martirosyan
University of Oxford
May 7 & 9 2012
As a separate branch of Indo-European, the Armenian language, attested since the early 5th century CE, demonstrates a number of unique phonological developments, a fascinating lexicon with a large amount of external influence, and a general penchant for imitating Greek syntax. This series of four lectures on the historical development of Armenian from its Indo-European roots to its modern form seeks to bring into the limelight a language often neglected by Indo-Europeanists.
Dr Hrach Martirosyan from the Universiteit Leiden, an institution renowned for its research in linguistics and Armenian language, is working on the phonology, morphology and lexicon of Armenian; the ‘Etymological Dictionary of the Armenian Inherited Lexicon’, his doctoral dissertation, was published by Brill in 2009. He has kindly agreed to speak about the following topics:
1. Historical development of the Armenian phonological system.
2. Indo-European foundation of the Armenian nominal and verbal systems.
3. Place of Armenian in the Indo-European language family.
4. Etymological research into cultural vocabulary: native and borrowed layers.
The lectures will take place at Wolfson College in two blocks, on Monday, May 7 (Buttery) and Wednesday, May 9 (Private Dining Room), between 15:00 and 18:30 on each of the two days. The directions to both venues within the college will be marked. There will be coffee breaks between the lectures on each of the two days, and an ample opportunity for questions and discussion. No previous preparation is required, all the instructional materials will be provided on the spot.
This series of lectures is held in honour of Prof Joseph J.S. (Jos) Weitenberg, an eminent Armenologist and Indo-Europeanist, pioneer in digital data processing in Armenian linguistics and doctoral supervisor of Prof Th M van Lint and Dr Martirosyan at the Universiteit Leiden, who sadly passed away on April 14, 2012, at age 68. His research in Armenian Studies was multifaceted, stretching from the development of Proto-Armenian and the Armenian dialects to the linguistic and stylistic aspects of more literary topics, such as the Hellenophile School of Armenian translators.
The event is free and open to the public. This series is kindly supported by the Nubar Pasha Fund for Armenian Studies and the Lorne Thyssen Research Fund for Ancient World Topics.
Conveners: Prof Th M van Lint, Dr I Yakubovich
Theo M van Lint
Calouste Gulbenkian Professor of Armenian Studies
University of Oxford
The Oriental Institute
Oxford OX1 2LE