9-11 July 2015: The precursors of Proto-Indo-European: the Indo-Hittite and Indo-Uralic hypotheses

From 9 up to and including 11 July 2015 LUCL will organize a workshop on the precursors of Proto-Indo-European: The Indo-Hittite and Indo-Uralic hypotheses.

Precursors of Proto-Indo-European

Minna Sundberg

Minna Sundberg

Like any other language, Proto-Indo-European must have had its relatives and precursors. One theory that operates with such a precursor is the Indo-Hittite hypothesis. Its proponents argue that the Anatolian branch occupies such a special place in the Indo-European language family that it must be seen as a sister of Proto-Indo-European rather than as a daughter of it. This implies that Proto-Indo-European and Anatolian derive from an earlier mother language, which tentatively has been called ‘Proto-Indo-Hittite’. Another theory dealing with the prehistory of Proto-Indo-European goes even beyond Indo-Hittite, and argues for a genetic relationship with the Uralic language family, assuming the existence of a so-called ‘Indo-Uralic’ mother language.

This workshop aims at discussing the possibility of reconstructing one or more precursors of Proto-Indo-European, both from an empirical as well as a methodological point of view.

Programme and book of abstracts

The conference will start on Thursday 9 July with an opening at 9.15 AM. Registration is possible from 8.30 AM onward. On Friday and Saturday, lectures will start at 9.30 AM. On Friday evening, the conference dinner will be held (venue: Arsenaalstraat 1). On Saturday the programme will end at 1.20 PM.

The programme can be found here.

The book of abstracts can be found here.

Conference fee and registration

The conference fee is 40 euro (30 euro for participants of the Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics) and includes: lunch on Thursday and Friday, a reception on Thursday and a conference dinner on Friday.

The conference fee should be paid in cash on the first day of the conference.

Please note that registration is required. It is possible to register until 5 July, by sending an email to Alwin Kloekhorst (a.kloekhorst@hum.leidenuniv.nl).

Travel information and conference venue

All lectures are held in lecture room 005 in the Lipsius building. The Lipsius building is easy to reach by foot (15 mins) or bus (5 mins) from the central train station of Leiden. The address is: Cleveringaplaats 1.

Here you can find a map showing you how to walk to the Lipsius building from the central train station.

Getting to Leiden
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the main international airport of the Netherlands, and a major air hub in Europe. Taking the train is the best means of getting to Leiden from the airport. Trains depart from Schiphol Airport to Leiden every 15 minutes. Travelling to Leiden will take about 20 minutes. An OV chip card, which you need to travel by public transport in the Netherlands, can be bought at a ticket dispenser (in front of the stairs leading to the tracks) or at the booking office near Schiphol Plaza. A 2nd class ticket costs 5,60 euros; 1st class costs 9,50 euros. You can check the train schedule on www.ns.nl.


Hotels are easy to find in Leiden. We listed some hotels that are convenient to the conference venue. 'Walking time' indicates the time it takes to walk from the hotel to the main conference venue (the Lipsius building: Cleveringsplaats 1).

More information can be found on the website of Leiden Visitor Centre.

Ibis Hotel Leiden, walking time: 10 mins.
Address: Stationsplein 240-242 - Prices around 75 - 85 euro

Hotel Mayflower, walking time: 8 mins.
Address: Beestenmarkt 2 - Prices around 80 euro

Hotel Nieuw Minerva, walking time: 8 mins.
Address: Boommarkt 23 - Prices around 80 euro

Best Western City Hotel, walking time: 11 mins.
Address: Lange Mare 43 - Prices around 85 euro

Hotel De Doelen, walking time: 4 mins.
Address: Rapenburg 2 - Prices around 95 euro

Huys van Leyden - Boutique Hotel, walking time: 17 mins.
Address: Oude Singel 212 - Prices around 105 euro

Rembrandt Hotel Leiden, walking time: 8 mins.
Nieuwe Beestenmarkt 10 - Prices around 90 - 120 euro

Fitland Leiden - Hampshire, walking time: 15 mins.
Address: Bargelaan 180 - Prices around 110 euro

Goldon Tulip, walking time: 14 mins.
Address: Schipholweg 3 - Prices around 120 euro

Last Modified: 29-06-2015