Azerbaijan International

Autumn 2004 (12.3)
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UCLA - New Azerbaijani Language Course

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles) is offering a new course-Elementary Azerbaijani-for Fall Quarter 2004, beginning September 30 and continuing for 10 weeks. In the past, UCLA only offered Azerbaijani during the summer.

Azerbaijani is the principal Turkic language of the Caucasus region and the official language of more than 8 million people of the Republic of Azerbaijan. More than 30 million native speakers also live in Iran and Turkey. The course will be based on the official Latin script of the Republic of Azerbaijan although students will have the opportunity to become familiar with the old Cyrillic alphabet that was used during the Soviet period (1920-1991).

This 50-hour course offers four units of credit and introduces students to the fundamental features of Azerbaijani phonology, morphology, and syntax. Grammatical competence at elementary level; knowledge of basic principles of Azerbaijani grammar; basic conversational skill; reading competence with the help of dictionary; and ability to write simple compositions.

The instructor for the course is Dr. Kurtulush Oztopchu, author of Elementary Azerbaijani, the only major grammar text that exists in English for the Azerbaijani language.

Contact Dr. Oztopchu: or the UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, 376 Kinsey Hall, Box 951511, Los Angeles 90095-1511; Tel: (310) 825-4165. Visit:

From Azerbaijan International (12.3) Autumn 2004.
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