Somali Language Assignment

1. Exposure to Somali language a. Watch and Listen to 5 of the Somali language videos b. Write a sentence or two that describes what you hear in the language. Discuss your observations with your partner. i. Are the sounds familiar? Unfamiliar? Can you pick out words? ii. What do you think “baraanbur” means? 2. Research a. Read one of the wiki’s or websites b. Read one of the scholarly articles 3. Discussion a. What are the important elements linguistically, historically, culturally. 4. Watch the Knaan video – 5. Essay – Trace connections if there are any between contemporary Somali language music (rap, hip hop, other) to ‘classical’ Somali literature.

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