Previous knowledge of Indo-European linguistics and reading proficiency in German and French.
In this course we will be concerned with the methodology and results of reconstructing Indo-European nominal morphology. Some of the questions to be answered are: Which ablaut patterns and case endings must be reconstructed for the proto-language? How are gender and number distinguished? What makes the ¬o-stems so special? How precisely can we reconstruct Proto-Indo-European paradigms? Does internal reconstruction allow us to say something about the prehistory of the Proto-Indo-European nominal paradigms? And, most importantly, how to decide which nominal paradigms must be reconstructed for the proto-language and which not?
The focus will be on methodological issues, on reconstructing bottom-up, starting from the attested nominal paradigms in all major Indo-European languages.
At the end of the course, participants will be familiar with many aspects of state-of-the-art research into Indo-European nominal morphology and the dominant theories in the field. They will have developed the skills to critically assess scholarly literature on the subject of Indo-European nominal morphology.
Mode of instruction
Lectures and seminars.
The final grade will be awarded on the basis of a number of assignents, incl. a final paper. How these are weighed will be announced at the beginning of the course. To pass, both the grade for the final paper and the overall grade must be 6 or higher.
Resit: Students with a grade of 5.0 or lower may resit the final paper.
Students are entitled to view their marked examination within a period of 30 days, following publication of the results of a written examination
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