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Indo-European Noun


Admission requirements

Familiarity with Indo-European phonology is required, e.g. by completing the course Indo-European Phonology. In case of doubt, please contact the teacher.


This course is a continuation of and builds on the course Indo-European Phonology. We will treat the structure of the Indo-European word and study the reconstruction of nominal endings and paradigms, with a focus on the relation between lexical accent and ablaut. Special topics are the categories gender and number in Indo-European, nominal composition, and derivation. We will conclude with a reconstruction of the pronominal system.

Course objectives

After completing this course, the student:

  • has knowledge of the system of nominal inflection in Proto-Indo-European, including the different categories and paradigm types, as well as the historical development of this system into the main daughter languages.

  • is able to apply the methodology of reconstructing of Proto-Indo-European morphology to concrete datasets and shows awareness of its pitfalls.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method


Written examination with short open questions 100%.


There is a resit option.

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. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will be organized.

Reading list

Mandatory reading:

  • Clackson, James. 2007. Indo-European Linguistics: An Introduction. Cambridge University Press. (ISBN 9780521653671)

  • Lundquist, J. and Yates, A. 2017. “Indo-European Morphology”. In: J. Klein, B. Joseph, M. Fritz (eds.), Handbook of Comparative and Historical Indo-European Linguistics, Volume 3, pp. 2079-2195.

Both can be accessed online through the library website. Students must possess a printed copy of these works and bring this to class.

In addition, a syllabus with exercises as well as presentations used during class will be made available.


Enrolment through My Studymap is mandatory


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