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Advanced topics in Indo-European Morphology: Verb


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.


The reconstruction of the Indo-European verb is much debated: the verbal systems of the Indo-European languages differ greatly, and scholars have proposed various, often very different models to account for these. In this course, we will investigate selected topics of the reconstruction of the Proto-Indo-European verb taking into account issues of methodology and the scholarly debate. Among the questions to be addressed are the following:
Which tenses and moods must be reconstructed for the proto-language?
How do the tenses relate to each other?
How many sets of endings can be reconstructed?
How old is the augment?
Can the Anatolian and Tocharian verbal systems be derived from the Graeco-Aryan verbal system?

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 verbal morphology;

  • clearly represent, both orally and in writing, arguments for and against selected reconstructions of the Proto-Indo-European verb;

  • critically engage with the scholarly literature on the Indo-European verb.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

Lectures and seminars.

Assessment method

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

Assessment and Weighing

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


Resit: students who fail a 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.

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 literature to be read will be announced during the course. It will consist of articles and book chapters in English, German and French.


Enrolment through My Studymap is mandatory

General information about uSis is available on the website

Students other than MA Linguistics need permission from the coordinator of studies before enrolling.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


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