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Advanced Topics in Indo-European Phonology


Admission requirements

A solid basis in Indo-European historical grammar, as shown for example by having successfully completed the BA track Comparative Indo-European Linguistics.


In this course, we study fundamental issues of the reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European phonology. Among the topics treated are:

  • the problem of *a and *b;

  • the lengthened grade;

  • the (plain) velar stops;

  • phonotactics.

Special attention will be paid to the difference between phonetics and phonology; the methodology for reconstructing allophony (as for the RUKI rule, for instance); and methods to distinguish between shared and parallel developments.

Course objectives

After this course, students are able to

  • apply the methods of historical linguistics to complex problems of the reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European phonology;

  • clearly represent, both orally and in writing, arguments for and against selected phonological reconstructions;

  • distinguish more profoundly between phonology and phonetics in reconstruction.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

Presentation in class; moderation of a paper presentation; and a final paper


The presentation counts for 25%; the moderation for 5%; and the final paper for 70% of the final mark


If the quality of the paper is insufficient, there will be an opportunity to hand in an improved version.

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 have to be organized.

Reading list

The articles and books to be studied will be communicated at the beginning of the course. Brightspace will be used.


Enrolment through My Studymap is mandatory


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