An introduction to Indo-European linguistics

Course Dates: 12/07/19
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Claudio Guasti

Latin, Greek, Sanskrit, Persian, Russian, German, Welsh, English all belong to the same linguistic group. Discover how all these languages are related and how they have evolved from a single language.


What is the course about?

The course is an introduction to the biggest group of languages in Europe. We will discuss its origin and internal evolution.

What will we cover?

Geographical and historical introduction to the Proto-Indo-European languages.

Evolution and simplification of the grammar throughout the centuries. Examples from Sanskrit, Latin, Lithuanian and Old English will be used.

Examples of etymology of some Indo-European vocabulary which is still used today (examples will be from Gothic, Hittite, Sanskrit, Persian, Baltic and Slavonic languages, Latin and Classical Greek).

We will look at the differences between Latin/Old English and English. In order to study the loss of declension, we will translate a few example sentences from Old English into English.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Tell which languages in Europe are Indo-European.

Proto-Indo-European languages in time and place.

List some basic characteristics of all Indo-European languages.

Tell the difference between an analytical language such as English and a language such as Latin, Sanskit or Old English.

Look at the main differences between English and Old English.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No particular skills needed but an interest in languages is useful.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course is a seminar/lecture. There will be time for questions towards the end of the lesson.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There are no other costs. You should bring some paper and a pen/pencil.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

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A really fascinating insight into this huge subject. The presentation was very clear and well thought through. I hope there will be a follow up course, as I am sure there is much more to learn.
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Review by Oyster / (Posted on 20/06/2016)
Really inspiring, very knowledgeable tutor. Loved it! Really want to learn more now
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Review by Lynne / (Posted on 09/05/2016)
Extremely interesting with good examples and depth of knowledge
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Course Code: LEN12

Full Fri, day, 12 Jul - 12 Jul '19

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £39.00
Senior fee: £39.00
Concession: £39.00

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