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Tijmen Pronk

Assistant professor

Dr. T.C. Pronk
+31 71 527 2224

Tijmen Pronk is a University Lecturer at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics.

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My current research focusses on Indo-European etymology, historical phonology and morphology, and the relationship between the various branches of Proto-Indo-European. Most of my publications concern Balto-Slavic, especially Slavic, but I have also published about the Indo-European proto-language and other branches of Indo-European such as Tocarian and Greek. Since 2005, I have been one of the authors of the new Etymological dictionary of Proto-Indo-European which will be published by Brill publishers. I am also co-author of the new Croatian Etymological Dictionary, the first volume of which (A-Nj) will appear in 2015. My work on the latter dictionary allows me to combine my interest in comparative linguistics with that in South Slavic dialectology, about which I have published a number of articles and a monograph.


Teaching activities

In 2015 I will teach courses on, amongst others, historical linguistics, Indo-European morphology, Lithuanian and Old Church Slavic. Courses I have taught in the past include courses on Indo-European phonology, Balto-Slavic accentology, Tocharian and Slovene.


Curriculum vitae

I studied Slavic languages and literature (MA 2002) and Comparative Indo-European linguistics (MA 2004) at Leiden University, where I also defended my dissertation "The Slovene dialect of Potschach in the Gailtal, Austria" (PhD 2009). I have been employed at Leiden University from 2003 till 2009 to do research into South Slavic dialectology and Indo-European etymology and to teach courses at undergraduate and graduate level at the Slavic and Indo-European departments. From 2010 till 2014 I was a researcher at the department for etymology and onomastics of the Institute of Croatian language and linguistics as one of the authors of the Croatian Etymological Dictionary. During this period I taught courses at the Universities of Zagreb, Zadar and the doctoral programme of the University of Rijeka. For a number of years I have taught courses at the Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics.

Assistant professor

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics

Work address

P.N. van Eyckhof 2
2311 BV Leiden
Room number 1.01a


  • Kloekhorst A. & Pronk T. (2019), Introduction: Reconstructing Proto-Indo-Anatolian and Proto-Indo-Uralic. In: Kloekhorst A., Pronk T. (Eds.) The Precursors of Proto-Indo-European: The Indo-Anatolian and Indo-Uralic Hypotheses. Leiden-Boston: Brill. 1-14.book chapter
  • Kloekhorst A. & Pronk T. (Eds.) (2019), The Precursors of Proto-Indo-European: The Indo-Anatolian and Indo-Uralic hypotheses Leiden Studies in Indo-European no. 21. Leiden-Boston: Brill.editorship of book
  • Pronk T.C. & Pronk-Tiethoff S. (2018), Balto-Slavic agricultural terminology. In: Kroonen G., Mallory J.P., Comrie B. (Eds.) Talking Neolithic. Proceedings of the workshop on Indo-European origins held at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, December 2-3, 2013. Washington: Institute for the Study of Man.book chapter
  • Pronk T.C. (2018), Czech and Sorbian in the 11th–13th century Judeo-Slavic glosses. In: Kapetanović A. (Ed.) The oldest linguistic attestations and texts in the Slavic languages.. Wien: Holzhausen. 246–263.book chapter
  • Beek L. van, Kloekhorst A., Kroonen G., Peyrot M., Pronk T. & Vaan M. de (Eds.) (2018), Farnah. Indo-Iranian and Indo-European Studies in Honor of Sasha Lubotsky. Ann Arbor: Beech Stave.editorship of book
  • Pronk T.C. (2018), Language contact and prosodic change in Slavic and Baltic, Diachronica 35(4): 552–580.article in journal
  • Pronk T.C. (2018), Old Church Slavonic (j)utro, Vedic uṣár- ‘daybreak, morning’. In: Beek L. van, Kloekhorst A., Kroonen G., Peyrot M., Pronk T., Vaan M. de (Eds.) Farnah: Indo-Iranian and Indo-European studies in honor of Sasha Lubotsky.. Ann Arbor: Beech Stave Press. 298–306.book chapter
  • Pronk T.C. (2017), Curonian accentuation. In: Simmelkjær Sandgaard Hansen B., Hyllested A., Richardt Jørgensen A., Kroonen G., Larsson J.H., Nielsen Whitehead B., Olander T., Mosbæk Søborg T. (Eds.) Usque ad radices: Indo-European Studies in Honour of Birgit Anette Olsen. København: Museum Tusculanum. 659-669.book chapter
  • Pronk T.C. (2017), Review of: Wolfgang Hock, Elvira-Julia Bukevičiūtė, Christiane Schiller, Rainer Fecht, Anna Helene Feulner, Eugen Hill & Dagmar S. Wodtko. Altlitauisches etymologisches Wörterbuch (ALEW), International Journal of Diachronic Linguistics and Linguistic Reconstruction 14: 221-226.book review
  • Pronk T.C. (2016), Dialektologie. In: Sturm-Schnabl K., Bojan-Ilija Schnabl B. (Eds.) Enzyklopädie der slowenischen Kulturgeschichte in Kärnten/Koroška. Von den Anfängen bis 1942. Band 1: A – I.. Wien, Köln, Weimar: Böhlau. 253-255.book chapter
  • Pronk T.C. (2016), Early Slavic short and long o and e, 9(1): 5–33.article in journal
  • Matasović R., Pronk T.C., Ivšić D. & Brozović D. (2016), Etimološki rječnik hrvatskoga jezika. 1. svezak. A – Nj. Zagreb: Institut za hrvatski jezik i jezikoslovlje.book
  • Pronk T.C. (2016), Stang's law in Baltic, Greek and Indo-Iranian, Baltistica 51(1): 19–35.article in journal
  • Pronk T.C. (2015), On the origin of the dual endings Tocharian A -ṃ, B -ne. In: Malzahn M., Peyrot M., Fellner H., Illes T. (Eds.) Tocharian Texts in Context. International Conference on Tocharian Manuscripts and Silk Road Culture, June 25-29th, 2013. Bremen: Hempen Verlag. 199-214.book chapter
  • Pronk T.C. (2015), Review of: Priestly T.M.S. (2014) From Phonological Analysis at My Desk to Linguistic Activism with Slovene in the Austrian Alps, Slovenski jezik — Slovene Linguistic Studies 10: 235-237.book review
  • Pronk T.C. (2015), Review of: G. Neweklowsky Der Gailtaler slowenische Dialekt: Feistritz an der Gail/Bistrica na Zilji und Hohenthurn/Straja vas. Unter Mitarbeit von D. Branz, C. Kircher-Zwittnig und J. Perč, Slovenski jezik — Slovene Linguistic Studies 10: 239-244.book review
  • Pronk T.C. (2015), Singulative n-stems in Indo-European, Transactions of the Philological Society 113(3): 327–348.
  • Pronk T.C. (25 February 2009), The Slovene dialect of Egg and Potschach in the Gailtal, Austria (PhD thesis, Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University). Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi. Supervisor(s): Kortlandt F.H.H., Schaeken J.PhD thesis

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