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Indo-European linguistics II (Verb)


Admission requirements

Familiarity with Indo-European phonology is required, e.g. by completing the course Indo-European Phonology or Indo-European Linguistics I. Familiarity with Indo-European nominal morphology as treated in the course Indo-European Linguistics II (Noun) is recommended. In case of doubt, please contact the teacher.


This course is a continuation of and builds on Indo-European Linguistics I and II (Noun). We will treat the different categories of the Indo-European verb and the corresponding stems and endings. Topics include the thematic present, modal categories, and the perfect, middle and stative.

Course objectives

  • Knowledge of the morphological system of the Proto-Indo-European verb, including the categories and paradigms.

  • Knowledge of the developments of this system in the main daughter languages.

  • Insight into the methodology of the reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European verbal morphology and its pitfalls.

  • Application of the principles of reconstruction.


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Mode of instruction

  • Lecture/Seminar

Course Load

Total course load 5 EC x 28 hours = 140 hours

  • Classes: -Lectures: -Workgroups/tutorials: 26 hours

  • Practical work:

  • Tutoring:

  • Exam(s) -(Written) Examination(s): 4 hours - Paper(s):
    -Other examination(s):

  • Studying: class preparation and reading 78 hours

  • Other components: exam preparation 32 hours

Assessment method

  • A mid-term and a final written examination with short open questions.


  • The mid-term exams counts for 20% and the final exam counts for 80% of the final mark.


  • There is one resit option for 100% of the final mark.

    Inspection and feedback

    If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will be organized.

    Reading list

  • Robert Beekes. 2011. Comparative Indo-European linguistics. An introduction. Amsterdam: John Benjamins

  • Clackson, James. 2007. Indo-European Linguistics: An Introduction. Cambridge University Press.

  • Lundquist, J. and Yates, A. 2017. “Indo-European Morphology”. In: J. Klein, B. Joseph, M. Fritz (eds.), Handbook of Comparative and Historical Indo-European Linguistics, Volume 3, pp. 2079-2195.

All literature is digitally available through the university library. In physical classes the relevant literature is to be brought in printed form (as a book or as print-outs).


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website.


Michaël Peyrot

Education Administration Office Reuvensplaats

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Coordinator of Studies