The purpose of the course is to develop advanced reading skills in Chaghatay, the literary language of all Central Asian Turks from the 15th to the early 20th century. The course includes a survey of Chaghatay paleography and the diplomatic of Central Asian Chaghatay documents, as well as the theory and practice of their editing. The reading will be arranged in an order of increasing difficulty, but concentrating mainly upon the reading of unpublished manuscripts: historical works by Nasrallahi (16th century), Agahi (19th century), and various historical documents. By the end of the course students will be required to edit a short manuscript text in Chaghatay.
Textbook: J. Eckmann, Chagatay Manual, The Hague: Mouton, 1966 (Indiana University Publications, Uralic and Altaic Series, Vol. 60).
Prerequisites: U593; an acquaintance with Persian and Russian is highly desirable.
Grades: Grades will be based on class performance and a written exercise in editing Chaghatay text.