Syllabus for Karaim


A revised version of the syllabus is available.

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5TU471
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Turkish G1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2011-04-27
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Autumn 2010
  • Entry requirements:
  • Responsible department: Department of Linguistics and Philology

Learning outcomes

The purpose of the course is to provide a first overview of the status of Karaim in the Turkic language family, the phonology, grammar, morphology, and syntax of Karaim, as well as certain elementary language skills and reading skills in different writing systems for Karaim.

Upon completing the course students, for the grade of Pass, shall at least be able to:
-give an account of the status of Karaim in the Turkic language family,
-describe the main features of the phonology and grammar of Karaim,
-use different writing systems for Karaim,
-describe the morphophonological rules of Karaim,
-construct conjugated forms of nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and verbs in Karaim,
-use selected basic grammatical structures in Karaim,
-read aloud certain elementary texts in Karaim with comprehensible pronunciation,
-translate simple texts in Karaim, and
-identify word classes and analyse word forms in some selected elementary texts in Karaim.


The course provides an introduction to the most important of the different writing systems, phonology, and grammar of Karaim as well as certain skills in using this knowledge. The course provides a first overview of the status of Karaim in the Turkic language family.


Instruction comprises lectures, exercises, and examinations. The student's own learning activities are of crucial importance for work in the course.


Students demonstrate the results of their learning through a combination of examination components. These components may be oral or written. They may take place during scheduled sessions (e.g. as part of regular instruction) or by special appointment with the teacher. Rules about this will be stated at the start of the course.

Reading list

The reading list is missing. For further information, please contact the responsible department.