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: $586
- Fee international: $586
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.
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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