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Advanced topics in Indo-European morphology: verbal morphology


Admission requirements

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 verbal morphology. Some of the questions to be answered are: Which tenses and moods must be reconstructed for the proto-language? How do the tenses relate to each other? How many sets of endings can be reconstructed? How precisely can we reconstruct Proto-Indo-European paradigms? How old is the augment? Can the Anatolian and Tocharian verbal systems be derived from the Graeco-Aryan verbal system?
The focus will be on methodological issues, on reconstructing bottom-up, starting from the attested forms in the major Indo-European languages.

Course objectives

At the end of the course, participants will be familiar with many aspects of state-of-the-art research into Indo-European verbal 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 verbal morphology.


The timetable is available on the MA Linguistics website

Mode of instruction

Lectures and seminars.

Course Load

Contact hours (lectures, seminars): 26 hours
Weekly preparations and homework: 52 hours
Assignments, incl. final paper: 202 hours

Assessment method

The final grade will be awarded on the basis of a number of assignents during and at the end of the course, incl. a final paper. How these are weighed will be announced at the beginning of the course.

Resit: students who fail the course may resit the exam and/or course paper.


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Reading list

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Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Students other than MA Linguistics need permission from the coordinator of studies before enrolling.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


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