General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Languages in the Mediterranean world. From antiquity until the present
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Rafał Rosół
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Professor
Faculty Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology
Semester 2023/2024 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 03-AP-LMW


Module aim (aims)

• to gain knowledge of origins and development of particular languages in the Meditteranean world
• to gain knowledge of basic patterns of chosen languages
• to gain knowledge of ethnic groups in the basin of the Mediterranean Sea
• to gain knowledge of language families

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)


Week 1: Ancient Greek and its Dialects
Week 2: Byzantine and Modern Greek
Week 3: Latin and other Italic languages
Week 4: Romance languages
Week 5: Etruscan and Basque
Week 6: Ancient Egyptian and Coptic
Week 7: Anatolian Languages
Week 8: Ilyrian, Albanian, Ancient Macedonian, Thracian and Phrygian
Week 9: Slavonic languages in Balkan Peninsula
Week 10: Ugaritic and Phoenician
Week 11: Hebrew and Aramaic
Week 12: Arabic and Maltese
Week 13: Turkish
Week 14: Berber languages
Week 15: Final test

Reading list

1) Woodard, R.D., The Ancient Languages of Europe, Cambridge 2008.
2) Brown, K., Ogilvie, S., Concise Encyclopedia of Languages of the World, Amsterdam 2008.
3) Ruhlen, M., A guide to the world's languages. Stanford 1987.
4) Ethnologue: Languages of the world [].
5) Harrison, K. D. When Languages Die: The Extinction of the World's Languages and the Erosion of Human Knowledge, New York and London 2007.