By the initiative of the ASPU Chair of Armenian Language and its Teaching Methods, a republic conference was organized on the 210th birth anniversary of Kh. Abovyan.
The participants of the conference were welcomed by the ASPU Vice -Rector for Academic Affairs Srbouhi Gevorgyan, who emphasized the importance of holding the conference, as well as the topics submitted for discussion. The Vice-Rector highlighted that within the context of our days’ challenges we were constantly under the contradictory impacts of globalization and localization.
“More than ever, we must preserve our language and national culture. And this is more than just emphasized in Khachatur Abovyan’s heritage. Language is the basis of our culturology; let’s maintain it at the same time referring back to our heritage to be able to face the challenges of the century and to walk in line with time”, added Srbouhi Gevorgyan.
During the plenary session, the RA NAS Associate Member, Doctor of Philology, Professor Aelita Dolukhanyan referred to the novel “Wounds of Armenia” by Khachatur Abovyan, as an important repository of teaching the folk genres.
“Khachatur Abovyan is the first Armenian folklorist and philologist in the scientific scope of those professional characteristics. His masterpiece “Wounds of Armenia”, even starting from the preface, proves on how important the people’s folklore was for the future development of Armenian literature”, mentioned Professor Doloukhanyan and proceeded to the links established between teaching the programme novels and folk genres.
In his turn, Doctor of Philology, Professor Edward Mkrtchyan spoke about the elements of colloquial oral speech in the stories of Khachatur Abovyan, and observed that his works in prose provided material for endlessly profound and detailed analysis.
“The language of his works is to large extent associated with different episodes of the years he lived. Abovyan was the originator of the literary fight; well mastering the grabar [old Armenian] and the Ararat dialect, accordingly with his native speech of Qanaqer of that dialect, gave a worthy role of that linguistic version, having at the core the issues of development and usage of the modern version of the ashxarhabar [modern Armenian language].
In their speeches the reporters referred to the enlightening activities of Khachatur Abovyan in the sphere of education, the vocabulary in his artistic prose, the university study of phonetic patterns used in stories, etc.
Among the participants of the conference were the Directors of schools, where internships were held and students and representatives of other universities.