A series of four lectures entitled 'Introduction to the History of the
Turkic Languages' will be given by Dr. Stephen Fennell, Central Asia Forum,
on Thursdays at 5pm in room 7, beginning this Thursday. All are welcome.
Thursday October 25th 'The Turkic System: Old Turkic in the Pre-Islamic
World' This gives a basic description of the common characteristics of
these languages, outlines their present-day geography, briefly discusses
their status in the Altaic Family hypothesis, and proceeds to discuss
written material (and scripts) from the Runic inscriptions of the Göktürk
period till the end of the Uyghur Qaghanate.
Thursday November 1st 'Turkic Languages and the Coming of Islam' This deals
with the spread, the changes and the innovations in these languages and
their culture from the Qarakhanid period till the Mongol invasions.
Thursday November 8th 'Turkic Languages in the Age of Empire' This will
cover the period from the Genghisids, and Timurids to the peak of the
Ottoman power, mainly focusing on the rise of Chaghatai and Osmanic as
languages of administration and literature.
Thursday November 15th 'Turkic Languages in the Modern Era' This deals with
the vicissitudes of the Turkic languages (and their literatures) since the
decline of the Khanates and the era of Russian expansion, including the
situation that has evolved post-1990.