Previous knowledge of Indo-European linguistics and reading proficiency in German and French.
In this course we will be concerned with the methodology and results of reconstructing Indo-European nominal morphology. Some of the questions to be answered are: Which ablaut patterns and case endings must be reconstructed for the proto-language? How are gender and number distinguished? What makes the ¬o-stems so special? How precisely can we reconstruct Proto-Indo-European paradigms? Does internal reconstruction allow us to say something about the prehistory of the Proto-Indo-European nominal paradigms? And, most importantly, how to decide which nominal paradigms must be reconstructed for the proto-language and which not?
The focus will be on methodological issues, on reconstructing bottom-up, starting from the attested nominal paradigms in all major Indo-European languages.
At the end of the course, participants will be familiar with many aspects of state-of-the-art research into Indo-European nominal morphology and the dominant theories in the field. They will have developed the skills to critically assess scholarly literature on the subject of Indo-European nominal morphology.
Mode of instruction
Lectures and seminars.
The final grade will be awarded on the basis of an oral presentation (25%) and a final paper (75%). To pass the course, the grade for the final paper and the overall grade must be 6 or higher. 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. The requirements for the presentation and final paper will be announced during the course. ResMA students taking this course at level 600 will have to fulfil extra requirements in their final paper.
Students with a grade of 5.0 or lower may resit the final paper.
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