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Proto-Indo-European morphology


Admission requirements



This course is a follow-up to the course ‘Indo-European Phonology’ (taught in the first semester). In it, the reconstruction of the Proto-Indo-European morphology will be taught. With the use of many examples it will be shown how on the basis of the evidence from all ancient Indo-European languages the original form of nominal and verbal paradigms can be determined. The most important inflextion and conjugation types of the Proto-Indo-European grammar will be treated, as well as the traces these have left in the individual daughter languages. In the course, due attention will be paid to divergent scholarly opinions on the topic, so that the student is well aware of the scholalry debate on certain specific issues.

Course objectives

  • At the end of this course, the student will have a thorough knowledge of and insight into the morphological reconstruction of Indo-European.

  • The student will have a thorough knowlegde of and insight into the morphological system of Proto-Indo-European, as well as the way this system is continuated by the most important daughter languages.


Linguistics bachelor

Mode of instruction

Lecture/seminar (2 hours per week)

Course Load

26 contact hours
39 hours of preparation to the classes
75 hours of preparation for the exam

Assessment method

Written exam

Exam review

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

R.S.P. Beekes Comparative Indo-European Linguistics: An Introduction. Second Edition (John Benjamins, 2011), isbn 9789027211866.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

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For questions about the content of the course, please contact the teacher:
Dr. B.D. Suchard

Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats:

Coordinator of Studies: Else van Dijk