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?
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details