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Languages in Europe and their diachronies

Explore the past and present of European languages and advance your knowledge on modern theoretical approaches to the study of ancient languages

CIVIS focus area
Society, culture, heritage
Open to
  • BA
  • MA
  • PhD
Field of studies
  • Social Science and humanities
Course dates
March - July 2022
Apply by
15 January 2022 Apply now

This CIVIS course will introduce participating students to an interdisciplinary way of studying the past and present of languages, focusing on ancient and medieval European languages.

Moreover, students will also be involved in small linguistic and computational historical linguistic projects that aim to build advanced knowledge of the methodology of describing, analysing and explaining the grammar and the development of ancient languages.

Students will acquire advanced knowledge of the modern theoretical approaches to the study of ancient languages, both in relation to the analysis of their grammar and to the examination of the correlations between society (for instance, in the cases of language contact), culture and linguistic development.

This CIVIS course also includes an introduction to the methodology of computational and statistical analysis of ancient Indo-European languages and the challenges of linking digital heritage data with historical linguistic studies.

Main topics addressed

  • Computational historical linguistic analyses: “From texts to grammar”.
  • New methodologies of describing, analyzing and explaining the grammar and the development of ancient languages.
  • Modern theoretical approaches to the study of ancient languages.

Learning outcomes

This CIVIS course is devoted to the dissemination of the new approaches to ancient and medieval languages: modern linguistic theories in collaboration with technology and modern statistical analyses (historical computational linguistics) with the aim to acquire a good knowledge of the grammar of ancient and medieval languages and modern ways of their analysis (modern linguistic approaches as well as the perspective of digital heritage).

Location: Naxos, Cyclades, Greece Dates: March - July 2022
N° of CIVIS scholarships: 14 ECTS: Up to 10
Host University: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens  Language: English (C1)
Contact: Nikolaos Lavidas - Format: Blended

This CIVIS course is a blended-learning programme that consists of an intensive online Spring School (30 hours of online classes), a workshop and an intensive Summer School (40 hours of face-to-face classes) that will be held on the Island of Naxos, Cyclades, Greece (July 2022). 

Selected students will be supported by a grant for physical mobility to Greece.

The recognition of ECTS depends on your home university. 


This blended mobility course is open to Bachelor's, Master and PhD students at the nine CIVIS member universities enrolled or interested in Linguistics and Ancient-Medieval Languages.

A C1 level of English is required.

Application process

Students should apply by 15 January 2022 by filling in the following form:

Selected students will be notified on 15 February 2022.


Undergraduate students will have to complete small assignments and prepare a small research essay (or take a final written exam).

Postgraduate students (MA and PhD) will have to present research findings in class, complete small assignments and prepare a research essay (or take a final written exam).

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Nikolaos Lavidas 

Nikolaos Lavidas is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Department of Language-Linguistics, Faculty of English, School of Philosophy).

His research covers a range of topics associated with Indo-European historical linguistics and the directions of language change (in particular the development of transitivity and voice in Indo-European languages), syntax-semantics interface, (historical) language contact and historical corpora.

Antonio R. Revuelta Puigdollers 

Antonio R. Revuelta Puigdollers is Associate Professor of Ancient and Modern Greek at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and a sworn translator of Modern Greek.  His main research areas are the semantics, syntax and pragmatics of Greek; his work also includes incursions into other languages such as Latin. He is the co-author of a new syntax of Ancient Greek and has authored several entries in Brill’s Encyclopaedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics.

Artemij Keidan

Artemij Keidan is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the Italian Institute of Oriental Studies (Sapienza Università di Roma). His main areas of expertise include the history of grammatical thought, Indo-European morphology, philosophy of language, and issues in syntax and phonology, both general and applied to ancient (such as  Sanskrit, Latin, Gothic, Slavic languages) and modern languages.