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Indo-Germanic Studies



Miriam Heise

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Library Holdings and Acquisitions

The library of the linguist Friedrich Bechtel, bequeathed upon the seminar after his death in 1924, constituted the base of the seminar library, which was founded the same year. Today, the collection includes both printed and electronic resources in various languages. The current collection foci are aligned with the prevailing profile of university teaching and research, and the aim is to continually expand access to electronic content.

Finding and Using

The literary holdings are shelved in the Branch Library Steintor-Campus and completely electronically indexed.

Individual Classification

Books acquired up to 2014 are shelved according to an individual classification system.


Books acquired from 2015 onwards are shelved according to the Regensburger Verbundsklassifikation (RVK).

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Specialised Information Service

With the Lin|gu|is|tik portal, the Linguistics Information Service operates a centralised service for general and comparative linguistics. The portal offers the possibility to search for literature in printed and electronic form as well as for research data.


Electronically available journals of the specific subject are indexed in the Electronic Journals Library (EZB).


There are numerous specialised databases available for researching information, which can be found in the database information system (DBIS).

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History and Profiling of the Subject

The Seminar of Indo-Germanic Studies and General Linguistics can look back on a long tradition in Halle. In 1833, August Friedrich Pott, a linguist with a research focus on Indo-Germanic studies, was appointed professor, and in 1924 the Indo-Germanic Seminar was officially founded. In the GDR, between 1975 and 1990, the subject was in personal union with Romance Studies. Since 1992, the seminar has been independent and conducts research on the languages of the Indo-European linguistic area from a historical and comparative perspective.