Indo-European Comparative Linguistics

lglor2802  2017-2018  Louvain-la-Neuve

Indo-European Comparative Linguistics
5 credits
30.0 h

  This biannual learning unit is not being organized in 2017-2018 !

Isebaert Lambert;
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.

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


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).


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
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 exam.
Other information
- E. Tichy, A Survey of Proto-Indo-European, Bremen, 2006.
- J. Clackson, Indo-European Linguistics: an Introduction, Cambridge, 2007.
- M. Meier-Brügger, Indogermanische Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin, 9e éd., 2010.
- 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

Master [120] in Linguistics

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

Master [60] in Ancient Languages and Literatures : Classics

Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Classics

Master [120] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

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