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Anatolian Historical Linguistics


Admission requirements

The students must either have previously taken the course Hittite or ‘Anatolian Languages: Hittite and Luwian, or take one of these courses during the same semester as Anatolian Historical Linguistics.


The Anatolian language branch (to which, among others, Hittite, Palaic, Cuneiform-Luwian, Hierogrlyphic Luwian, Lycian, Lydian and Carian belong) occupies a special place within the study of Indo-European, because it has retained many archaic characteristics.

In this course, we will extensively treat the linguistic analysis of Hittite and its affiliation to the other Anatolian languages (especially Cuneiform Luwian, Hieroglyphic Luwian and Lycian), as well as the significance of Anatolian for the reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European.

Course objectives

1) Students have knowledge of the most important aspects of the linguistic prehistory of Hittite and the other Anatolian languages;

2) Students are able to independently interpret and contextualise scholarly literature on this topic.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

•Lecture •Seminar (2 hours per week) •Reading list

Assessment Method


Oral presentation 30%
Paper 70%
The final grade consists of weighted average of the above components


Students who fail the course may resit the paper.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest.
Students are entitled to view their marked examination within a period of 30 days, following publication of the results of a written examination.

Reading list

A reading list will be made available through Brightspace.


Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.
General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website

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

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

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