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Indo-European II


Admission requirements

Familiarity with Indo-European phonology is required, e.g. by completing the course Indo-European I: Phonology


On the basis of knowledge acquired during the course “Indo-European I: Phonology”, we proceed to the reconstruction of Indo-European morphology.
First we will deal with methodology: how to use the evidence from various archaic Indo-European languages in order to reconstruct the original nominal and verbal paradigms. Next, the major inflection types will be treated which we assume for Proto-Indo-European, as well as its reflexes in the daughter languages. We’ll also pay attention to various opinions concerning the details of the reconstruction.

Course objectives

  • Proper understanding of the methodology of the morphological reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European.

  • Good knowledge of the morphological system of Proto-Indo-European and its development into the main daughter languages.


Linguistics bachelor

Mode of instruction

Lecture / Seminar

Course Load

Total course load 5EC x 28 hours= 140 hours

  • Lectures: 28

  • Assignment(s): 70

  • Preparation exam: 42

Assessment method

Written examination with open questions

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.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • Distribution of course materials.

Reading list

R. Beekes, Comparative Indo-European linguistics: an introduction. Second edition, revised and corrected by M. de Vaan. Benjamins, 2011. (to be purchased before the start of the course)


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on this website

Students - not registered as students BA Linguistics – who would like to enroll in this course should first contact the coordinator of studies, Else van Dijk

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For questions about the content of the course, please contact the teacher:

Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats

E-mailaddress Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats:

Coordinator of Studies: Else van Dijk