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Admission requirements

Basic knowledge of Indo-European reconstruction.


Tocharian is an Indo-European language attested through mainly Buddhist manuscripts from the 5th-10th centuries found along the Silk Road in Xīnjiāng, present-day NW China. This course is an introduction to the synchronic and diachronic grammar of Tocharian B. Students are required to work on an additional topic such as the script, Tocharian A, or a selected problem of historical grammar.

Course objectives

  • Analyze basics of Tocharian B grammar

  • Read Tocharian B texts with a glossary

  • Interpret Tocharian B grammar in an Indo-European perspective


The timetable is available on the website of the MA Linguistics

Mode of instruction


Course Load

  • Lectures: 26 uur

  • Exam: 2 1/4 uur

  • Practical work: 39 uur

  • Preparation exam: 42 3/4 uur

  • Additional topic: 30 uur

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.

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