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Advanced Readings in Indo-European Linguistics


Admission requirements

Previous knowledge of Indo-European linguistics and reading proficiency in German.


We shall be reading a set of articles in English and German dedicated to the sub-grouping of Indo-European. In this course, we will pay attention, first of all, to the argumentation of the authors of the articles, and to the validity of their arguments. Secondly, we will 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

The main objective of the course is to teach students how to critically read scientific publications. They will further learn how to summarize and analyze the argumentation in a scientific publication and how to present this to an audience.


The timetable is available on the MA Linguistics website.

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

Active participation in the seminars, presentations during the tutorials, assignments as part of the seminars and a final paper. The final grade consists of weighted average of the above components. The weighted average will be announced by the lecturer at the beginning of the course.
Resit: students can resit any assignment or paper with a grade of 5 or lower


This course is supported by Blackboard.

Reading list

Articles to be read will be distributed during the course using Blackboard.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

When registering, students that are registered for the specialisation that this course belongs to, or the Research Master, take priority. The deadline for registration is August 15. All other students should contact the “coordinator of studies”:

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

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