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Admission requirements

Basic knowledge of Indo-European reconstruction.


The course is an introduction to Tocharian B, an ancient Indo-European language spoken in what is now western China until appr. 1000 AD. It is known from manuscripts found on the northern edge of the Taklamakan desert. The contents of the manuscripts are often of a Buddhist nature. The course will provide an overview of the grammar of Tocharian B and of the historical development of the language, including its hostorical phonology.

Course objectives

At the end of the course, the participant will be able to read Tocharian B text in transcription with the help of a dictionary and he/she will be able to interpret Tocharian B data from an Indo-European perspective.


The timetable is available on the “MA Linguistics website”:

Mode of instruction


Course Load

Instruction: 26 hours
Final exam: 2 1/4 hours
Weekly preparations: 52 hours
Preparation for the exam: 59 3/4 hours

Assessment method

Written examination

Resit: Students with a final grade of 5.0 or lower may take the resit.


Course materials will be made available through Blackboard.

Reading list

Course materials will be made available through Blackboard.


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

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


For questions about the content of the course, please contact the teacher:
Michaël Peyrot

Student administration Van Eyckhof