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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 and medieval languages

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CIVIS focus area
Society, culture, heritage
Open to
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Phd
Field of studies
  • Social Science and humanities
Course dates
March - July 2021

Languages in Europe and their diachronies is a blended-learning programme that consists of an intensive online Spring school (March 2021), an online workshop and an intensive summer school that will take place on the island of Naxos, Cyclades, Greece (July 2021).

The school will introduce the 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 aiming at an advanced knowledge of the methodology of describing, analyzing 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. The students will also be introduced 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.


  • Online Spring school: Linguistic and computational historical linguistic intensive classes, lectures and masterclasses aiming at an advanced knowledge of the methodology of describing, analyzing and explaining the grammar and the development of ancient languages.
  • Online workshop: Small computational historical linguistic projects “From texts to grammar”.
  • Summer school (Naxos, Greece): Linguistic and language intensive classes aiming at an 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.

Course evaluation:

Undergraduate students will have to complete small assignments, present a research article in class, and prepare a 20-25-page essay
Postgraduate students (MA and PhD) will have to present research findings in class, complete small assignments and prepare a 20-25-page  research essay.
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The summer school part of this course will take the form of a digital summer school. Additional details and instructions will be posted on the e-class of the summer school, and will also be sent to registered participants by e-mail. 

Duration of the course: 2+ weeks

Course format: blended

Locations: Spring school: virtual
                   Summer school: Naxos, Greece
Language: English

Nb of students accepted: 30

Nb of CIVIS scholarships offered: 20

Academic credits: up to 10 ECTS
(for some universities)

Additional details:

The intensive online Spring school will be offered via Zoom and will take place 1-7 March 2021. The workshop (small computational historical linguistic projects) will be offered via Zoom and will take place between March and June 2021 (dates and details to be announced).

The intensive summer school will take place 25-31 July 2021 on the island of Naxos  (local organizing institution: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens). Arrival and the welcoming session on July 25th. During afternoon sessions 27th-29th  participants will present their work and research projects. Closing session and final discussion on July 31st. 

Study level

Open to BA, MA and PhD students

Field of studies:

Social science and Humanities including Linguistics, Languages (Classical Languages - Medieval, Modern European Languages), History, Archaeology, Classics or Medieval Literature.

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.

Igor Yanovich

Igor Yanovich is a computational historical linguist (Emmy Noether research group "Modal systems in the historical Slavic languages: formal semantics, micro-variation,  language change and language contact", Universität Tübingen), with interests in evolutionary approaches to language change, linguistic phylogenetics, semantics and pragmatics, and interdisciplinary collaborations for uncovering the multifaceted past of human communities.  

Antonio R. Revuelta Puigdollers

Antonio R. Revuelta Puigdollers is Associate Professor of Ancient and Modern Greek at the Autonomous University of 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 University, Rome). 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.

Applicants are invited to send a short statement specifying the reasons for their interest in the online Spring school & workshop and the Summer school in English.


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