Indo-European Linguistics (p) (2014/2015)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Paola Cotticelli
Paola Cotticelli
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Semestrino IB dal Nov 17, 2014 al Jan 17, 2015.

Lesson timetable

Semestrino IB
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 3:40 PM - 5:20 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.2  
Wednesday 3:40 PM - 5:20 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.2  
Thursday 10:10 AM - 11:50 AM lesson Lecture Hall 1.2  

Learning outcomes

The Indo-European comparative Linguistics is dealing with a diachronic perspective of the study of the human language, i.e. with the language change through the time. In particular, is the study of the Indo-European languages represents the focus of the course. The comparative method to reconstruct the mother tongue of this family, further the comparison of the phonological and morphological structure of the different Indo-European languages together with the illustration of the most important phonetic laws, finally a brief introduction to the Indo-European culture and realia are the main topics of the course.

Teaching methods: traditional lectures with additional exercise classes.


Introduction to the Indo-European comparative Linguistics; Introduction to Indo-European languages, culture and people; Indo-European Phonology, Nominal and Verbal Morphology

Bibliogrphical reference for the preparation of the exam
1)Clackson, James, 2007, Indo-European Linguistics. An Introduction, Cambridge.

2)Fortson, Benjamin W., 2009, Indo-European language and culture. An introduction, Malden, MA

3)Villar, F. Gli indoeuropei e le origini d´Europa, Bologna 2008, parte prima; parte seconda, pg. 15-198.

4)Watkins, C. “Il proto-indoeuropeo”, in: Le lingue indoeuropee, Giacalone Ramat, A.-Ramat, P. (a cura di), Bologna 1994, pp. 45-93.

5)Campanile, E. “Antichità indoeuropee”, in: Le lingue indoeuropee, Giacalone Ramat, A.-Ramat, P. (a cura di), Bologna 1994, pp. 19-43.

6) Materials and slides of the classes offered by the Professor on the web elearning platform

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral, with a short written essay on the etymology of one word