Indo-European Comparative Linguistics

lglor2802  2022-2023  Louvain-la-Neuve

Indo-European Comparative Linguistics
5.00 credits
30.0 h

This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2022-2023
Thorough knowledge of at least one ancient Indo-European language (Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, Hittite).
Main themes
An introduction to historic and comparative linguistics, as applied to Indo-european.
This course deals with the following themes:
1. The history of the comparative study of the Indo-European languages;
2. The principals and methods of genetic comparison;
3. The phonological system of proto-Indo-European;
4. Accenting and vocalic alternation;
5. Word structure (root, suffix, ending);
6. Nominal and verbal morphology.
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of this course, the student will be familiar with the objectives and methods of linguistic comparison (especially as concerns the reconstruction of proto-languages), the theoretical basis of diachronic linguistics and the major results of the comparative grammar of Indo-European languages (in the domains of phonology, morphology and etymology).
A survey of the Indo-European languages and subgroups. Definition of the theory of genetic affinity. Procedures and objectives of linguistic reconstruction. Reconstruction of proto-Indo-European: phonological system (including the theory of glottals), morpho-phonological system (accent and apophony) and  the morphological system (word structure).
Teaching methods
Lectures on the theory alternating with practical applications (exercises in reconstruction and etymology).
Evaluation methods
Oral or written exam.
Other information
Online resources
A syllabus and numerous electronic resources are available on Moodle.
- E. Tichy, A Survey of Proto-Indo-European, Bremen, 2006.
- J. Clackson, Indo-European Linguistics: an Introduction, Cambridge, 2007.
- M. Fritz, M. Meier-Brügger, Indogermanische Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin, 10e éd., 2021.
- B.W. Fortson IV, Indo-European Language and Culture: an Introduction, Oxford, 2e éd., 2010.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Master [60] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies

Master [120] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Certificat universitaire en langue, littérature et civilisation latines

Master [120] in Linguistics

Master [60] in Ancient Languages and Literatures : Classics

Master [60] in Ancient Languages and Literatures : Oriental Studies

Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Classics