MA Comparative Indoeuropean Linguistics

Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany

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About Programme

The main goals of the degree are to understand language as a dynamic system where diachronically innovative and conservative features are synchronically intertwined, to study language change in its various aspects, and to reconstruct evolving states of languages.

  • Type: On campus
  • Start: September
  • Language: German


  • Duration: 24 months
  • Fee national: $578
  • Fee international: $578

The Master’s Degree in Vergleichende Indoeuropäische Sprachwissenschaft (VIS)/Comparative Indo-European Linguistics (CIEL) is a research-oriented M.A. The goal of the degree is to equip students to conduct their own research in the field of comparative/historical linguistics, with a special focus on Indo-European languages. More specifically, students are expected to acquire the following:

  • Knowledge of the historical grammar of the older-attested Indo-European languages and the philological skills necessary to deal with their texts
  • Familiarity with the methodology of comparative/historical and general historical linguistics;
  • Insights into the principles of language change and the factors involved, the relationship between language history and synchronic grammar, and the relationships between language-internal and language-external factors in change, which involve the history of Indo-European cultures
  • The ability to connect diachronic linguistics with the insights and theories of linguistic typology and general linguistics
  • The skills necessary for linguistic analysis from a comparative/historical perspective and the reconstruction of prehistoric stages of languages
  • The skills necessary to conduct corpus-linguistic analyses of texts

The Master’s Degree in Vergleichende Indoeuropäische Sprachwissenschaft (VIS)/Comparative Indo-European Linguistics (CIEL) combines more general, theory and method-oriented courses with language-specific courses.

  • Theory and method-oriented courses include
  • Methods in comparative/historical linguistics
  • Language change and linguistic theory
  • Exemplary systematic studies in historical linguistics

Language-specific courses include courses in the historical linguistics and philology of the older-attested Italic, Greek, Germanic, Slavic, Indo-Iranian, and Tocharian languages and dialects.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a B.A. or equivalent degree amounting to at least six semesters of study in Indo-European Linguistics or a related field.

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