The Iroquois language family is a group of distinct but closely related languages. Of these languages, six are spoken by the Haudenosaunee Confederacy: Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora. These languages share a common grammatical structure and cultural history. This certificate program will explore the commonalities and differences among the Iroquois languages.
The courses are designed for students and teachers of Iroquois languages, addressing many different needs. They provide an excellent foundation for Iroquois language students, teachers, linguists, anthropologists, and others. These courses will contribute to Iroquois language revitalization efforts and expand knowledge of the Iroquois languages.
The Certificate in Iroquois Linguistics (CIL) provides an opportunity to study linguistic principles and grammatical features unique to the Iroquois languages with rich examples from the six Haudenosaunee languages.
The sequence of courses will cover the interacting grammatical systems within the Iroquois languages— the systems in common as well as the parts which make each of the Iroquois languages distinct.
The grammatical structure of the Iroquois verb is especially complex. It is imperative that someone who is learning or teaching an Iroquois language has a complete understanding of the verb structure.
CIL students will learn about the vast scholarly resources available and explore the linguistic terminology and concepts that are utilized in these resources.
Students can complete the certificate in one year by taking two courses in the fall and spring, and the capstone course in the summer.
The courses in the program are designed to support a combination of in-class and online instruction.
Estimated costs per semester:
*2013 tuition rate; subject to change
**Based on estimated rates for area hotels & meals
Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid. To begin the process, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is needed. Apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
For further information contact your financial aid office:
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|Fall - permission of *instructor required
|NAT 301 Iroquois Verb Morphology I (3 credits)
Analyze the Iroquois verb. Introduction to the morphological structure common to all Iroquois languages.
|NAT 305 Iroquois Phonetics and Phonology (3 credits)
Explore the sounds and sound systems of Iroquois Languages (Onondaga, Mohawk, Seneca, Cayuga, Oneida, and Tuscarora). Examine how these sound systems are related to writing systems.
|Spring - permission of *instructor required
| NAT 302 Iroquois Verb Morphology II (3 credits)
Analyze the Iroquois verb. Introduction to the morphological structure common to all Iroquois languages. Prerequisite: NAT 301.
|NAT306 Iroquois Syntax and Semantics (3credits)
Explore the semantic distinctions and syntactic structures in Iroquois Languages. Prerequisite: NAT 305.
|Summer - permission of *instructor required
|NAT 308 Iroquois Linguistics in Practice (3 credits)
Guides students through the practical application of phonetics, phonology, semantics, morphology, and syntax to the Iroquois language learning and teaching experience. Prerequisites: NAT 301, 302, 305, and 306.
*Instructor: Percy Abrams (firstname.lastname@example.org) received a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2005. Dr. Abrams is a member of the Eel Clan of the Onondaga Nation. His area of knowledge is in Iroquois Languages, especially in the areas of Morphology and Phonology. For questions on course content, contact him at.
For more information on part-time study, contact::
University College of Syracuse University
Phone: 315-443-9378 or 1-866-498-9378
Web site: http://uc.syr.edu/CIL
*CREDIT: “The Great Tree of Peace” painting by Oren Lyons, (’58; H ’93) Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan, Onondaga Nation Council of Chiefs. It hangs in the collection of M&T Bank, Syracuse, NY.