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Georgian Morphology


Admission requirements

Not applicable.


Georgian, alongside Megrelian, Laz, and Svan languages, is the Kartvelian language spread on the territory of the South Caucasus. It is worth mentioning that the common Proto-Kartvelian is dated back to IV-III Millenia BC. Georgian is one of only three Caucasus languages with a historical writing tradition, and Georgian inscriptions have been found as early as the 4th c. AD. Georgian is spoken by appr. 4 million speakers, mostly in Georgia (where it is the official language) as well as in neighboring countries and in a large diaspora.
Georgian, like the other Kartvelian languages, represents complex grammatical categories that operate in the given languages in a specific way. Georgian is famous for its large consonant clusters with up to 8 segments. Morphosyntactically, it features a split ergative, split active/inactive alignment system. The Georgian verb can mark up to 3 arguments, which involves a complex hierarchy to decide which marker is overtly expressed. A special set of valency markers (pre-radical vowels) can cause valency operations, but each is also used to signal tense-aspect forms. Moreover, in the Georgian language alongside other Kartvelian languages, a complex TAM system is developed. It is also mentionable how the category of evidentiality operates in Georgian and in other Kartvelian languages.
In this course, students will receive a thorough introduction to the Georgian Grammatical system. The course is designed to familiarize the student with Georgian morphology, case system, and rich verbal categories, including verbal aspect, tenses, and causative. During the lectures, the data of other Kartvelian languages will be also considered. Practical examples will be presented from the Georgian National Corpora and discussed. This course is aimed at students from Linguistics and Russian studies but is open to students from all departments who are interested in the Georgian language and culture.
As a result, students will get information about the main morphologic categories of the Georgian language and will be able to discuss the morphosyntactic process of Georgian in comparison to other Kartvelian languages and languages they have been studying.

Course objectives

After completing this course, the students will:

  • have a thorough understanding of Georgian morphology and morphosyntax.

  • Have a basic knowledge of the morphological categories of other Katvelian languages.

  • have the basic knowledge to compare Georgian grammatical systems to other languages.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

The course will consist of one lecture and one seminar per week, in which selected grammatical topics will be introduced and discussed.

Assessment method


Weekly homework assignments
Midterm exam (with grammatical questions)
Final exam


Weekly homework assignments (20%)
Midterm exam (with grammatical questions) (30%)
Presentation (10%)
Final exam (40%)


In consultation with the teacher.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

All material needed will be provided by the teacher via Brightspace.


Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.
General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website.

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