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Admission requirements

Basic knowledge of Indo-European reconstruction.


The course is an introduction to Tocharian B, an ancient Indo-European language spoken in what is now western China until appr. 1000 AD. It is known from manuscripts found on the northern edge of the Taklamakan desert. The contents of the manuscripts are often of a Buddhist nature. The course will provide an overview of the grammar of Tocharian B and of the historical development of the language, including its hostorical phonology.

Course objectives

At the end of the course, the participant will be able to read Tocharian B text in transcription with the help of a dictionary and he/she will be able to interpret Tocharian B data from an Indo-European perspective.


Linguistics bachelor

Mode of instruction


Course Load

Instruction: 26 hours
Final exam: 2 1/4 hours
Weekly preparations: 52 hours
Preparation for the exam: 59 3/4 hours

Assessment method

Written examination


Course materials will be made available through Blackboard

Reading list

Course materials will be made available through Blackboard.


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

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Prospective students, please check the Study Abroad/Exchange website for information on how to apply.


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

Administrations Office: van Wijkplaats:

Coordinator of Studies: Else van Dijk