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Methodology of Comparative Indo-European Linguistics


Admission requirements

Some knowledge of Indo-European linguistics and reading proficiency in German and French.


In this course, we will read and discuss a set of articles and book chapters on a particular theme in comparative Indo-European linguistics. We will pay attention, first of all, to the argumentation of the authors of the articles, and to the validity of their arguments. Secondly, we will discuss the formal organisation of the articles: how are the facts presented, how explicit is the argumentation, how does the author use references and footnotes, etc.

Course objectives

The main objective of the course is to learn how to critically read scholarly publications on Indo-European. Students will further learn how to summarize and analyze the argumentation in a scholarly publication and how to present this to an audience.


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Mode of instruction

Students are expected to attend the weekly seminars of the BA course Readings in Indo-European Linguistics (5513VRIL) and a one-hour weekly tutorial, during which the students will give presentations about additional articles or book chapters.

Course Load

  • Time spent on attending seminars: 38 hours

  • Time preparation of the classes: 100 hours

  • Time to prepare for the final paper: 142 hours

Assessment Method

Active participation in the seminars, a presentation during the tutorials, assignments as part of the seminars and a final paper. The final grade consists of a weighted average of the above components, with the final paper counting as 50% of the overall grade. The weight of the other components will be announced at the beginning of the course. To pass, the overall grade and the grade for the final paper must be 6 or higher.
Papers that have been handed in before the deadline and that are insufficient can be improved and resubmitted once.


Students can resit a final paper with a grade of 5 or lower. There is no resit for the other grades.

Exam Review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

Course materials will be distributed Brightspace


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

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

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


Education Administration Office Reuvensplaats

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Coordinator of Studies