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Old Irish Prose


Admission requirements

Basic knowledge of Old Irish grammar, for instance acquired by attending the first semester Introduction to Old Irish course.


In this course the student will translate and study ‘Tochmarc Étaíne’ (‘The Wooing of Étaín’) and parts of the ‘Táin Bó Cuailgne’ (‘The Cattleraid of Cooley’). These texts will be studied from a cultural-historical as well as from a linguistic point of view.

Course objectives

After completing this course the student will be able to study Old Irish texts independently.


Linguistics bachelor

Mode of instruction

Three-hour seminar

Course Load

Total course load: 5 EC x 28 = 140 hours

  • Seminar: 3-hour seminar x 13 = 39 hours

  • Preparation for seminar: on average ca. 6 hours p.w. x 13 = 78 hours

  • Preparation for exam: 20 hours

  • Exam: 2.5 hours

Assessment method

  • Oral contribution to seminar.

  • Written translation test.


Each component counts for 50% against the final mark.


Resit of insufficient parts if the average final mark is insufficient. If necessary, insufficient participation in the seminars may be partly or wholly compensated by an oral examination.

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.


Blackboard will not be used.

Reading list

  • John Strachan, ed., Stories from the Táin, rev. Osborn Bergin, Dublin: recent edition.

  • Wim Tigges, ed., Tochmarc Étaíne, to be obtained centrally from the teacher.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in [English]) and Dutch

Students other than BA English language and culture studies or BA Linguistics need permission from the Coordinator of studies before enrolling.

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Dr. W. Tigges

Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats:

Coordinator of Studies: Else van Dijk


This course can not be upgraded to MA level. Minimal number of participants: 4. This course will not be offered if there is not enough interest. When there are more than 15 students, students of the BA Linguistics have priority.