1644005Indological Studies

Numbering Code G-LET13 71644 SJ36 Year/Term 2021 ・ First semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Seminar
Target Year Target Student
Language Japanese Day/Period Thu.4
Instructor name YAMAGUCHI NARIKO (Part-time Lecturer)
Outline and Purpose of the Course Pali is the chief language used in transcribing Theravada Buddhist scriptures. Along with Sanskrit and Tibetan, it is an exceedingly useful language for advancing one's learning and research concerning Indian classical studies and Buddhist studies.
By understanding the phonological characteristics of Pali, students can expect to enhance their knowledge of ancient Indian languages like classical Sanskrit and Vedic Sanskrit.

The goal is to gain Pali reading comprehension skills by reading texts such as the relatively short animal fables recorded in the Jaatakatthavannanaa (annotations of Jaataka, Buddhist birth stories).

Grammatical matters will be explained as needed while we read.
Course Goals To gain vocabulary and reading skills that allow one to read original texts in Pali independently, as needed for future learning and research.
Schedule and Contents Session 1: Introduction
    ・About Pali (outline of linguistic characteristics, etc.)
    ・Introduction of dictionaries and grammar books needed for intensive reading
    ・Hand out of printed texts for reading
    ・Outline of texts for reading (story content, related texts, etc.)
Sessions 2-5: Reading texts (Sumsumaarajaataka, the crocodile birth story)
Sessions 6-12: Reading texts (Kacchapajaataka, the tortoise birth story)
Sessions 10-14: Reading texts (Bakajaataka, the blue heron birth story)
End-of-semester exam
Session 15: Feedback

・In general, we will read in turns. Grammar and other matters essential to understanding the text will be explained as necessary.

・Course progress is subject to change depending on students' level of understanding.
Evaluation Methods and Policy Class participation (text reading ability, and proactiveness toward understanding the content: 50 points) and end-of-semester exam (50 points).

(*The end-of-semester exam questions will involve sight-reading of texts and students will be allowed to bring dictionaries and grammar books.)
Course Requirements Beginner-level Sanskrit reading comprehension abilities.
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) ・As a general rule, prepare and attend class ready to read the texts while taking turns.

・Beginners should prepare as much as possible, and emphasize reviewing the material.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Other, printouts distributed during class.
References, etc. Wilhelm Geiger 『A Pali Grammar』 (The Pali Text Society) ISBN:0 86013 318 4, 水野 弘元 『パーリ語文法』 (山喜房佛書林) ISBN:4-7963-0010-4