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Methodology of Comparative Indo-European Linguistics


Admission requirements

Knowledge of the basic Indo-European sound laws and the basics of Indo-European morphology.


In this course, we will read and discuss a set of articles and book chapters on two specific topics in comparative Indo-European linguistics that are not covered by any of the other MA-courses in Indo-European. We will pay attention to the argumentation of the authors of the articles and to the validity of their arguments. We will also discuss the formal organisation of the articles: how are the facts presented, how explicit is the argumentation, how does the author use references and footnotes, etc

Course objectives

At the end of the course, participants will be familiar with the state-of-the-art research in two areas of Indo-European studies. They will have developed the skills to critically assess the scholarly literature on Indo-European. They will also have learned how to summarize and analyze the argumentation in a scholarly publication and how to present this to an audience.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

Students are expected to attend the weekly seminars of the BA course Readings in Indo-European Linguistics (5513VRIL) and a one-hour weekly tutorial, during which the students will give presentations about additional readings.

Course Load

  • Time spent on attending seminars: 38 hours

  • Time preparation of the classes: 100 hours

  • Time to prepare for the final paper: 142 hours

Assessment Method

The final grade will be awarded on the basis of an oral presentation during the course (25%) and a final paper (75%).


Students who fail the course paper are allowed to resubmit their improved paper once. Papers handed in after the deadline will not be graded and cannot be resat. Presentations cannot be resat.

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.

Reading list

The literature to be read will be announced during the course Brightspace
It will consist of articles and book chapters in English, German and French.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory. General information about uSis is available in English.

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

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs


For questions related to the content of the course, please contact the lecturer, you can find their contact information by clicking on their name in the sidebar.

Education Administration Office Reuvensplaats

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Coordinator of Studies