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Anatolian Historical Linguistics


Admission requirements

Students must have knowledge of Hittite.


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 timetable is available on the MA Linguistics website

Mode of instruction

•Lecture •Seminar •Reading list

Course Load

•Time spent on attending seminars: 26 hours •Time preparation of the classes: 49 hours •Time for the reading list: 60 hours •Time to prepare for the final paper: 145 hours

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.

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.
Students are entitled to view their marked examination within a period of 30 days, following publication of the results of a written examination.


This course is not supported by Blackboard

Reading list

Reader (available from the lecturer) A reading list will be provided at the beginning of the course.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis 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

Not applicable


Please contact Student administration van Eyckhof for questions.

The coordinator of studies is Else van Dijk