Programme director: Prof. István Zimonyi DSc

Department of Altaic Studies

H-6722 Szeged, Egyetem u. 2. Hungary

Phone: +36-62-544-404

Fax: +36-62-544-319

E-mail: zimonyi at


Languages of instruction: Hungarian or English

8 semesters – total credits: 240

1. Obligatory requirements (200 credits)

a) Research (a total of 170 credits, as follows: 10 each in semesters 1 and 2, and 25 each in semesters 3 through 8)

Research leading to the dissertation, as specified by the dissertation advisor.

The research requirement involves completion of a research report in each of the first two semesters of coursework, to be accepted by the dissertation advisor, and the completion of a publishable paper in each of the semesters 3 through 6.

In semesters 7 and 8, completed chapters of the dissertation are to be handed in and an oral presentation based on them to be given for the successful fulfillment of the research credits.

b) Obligatory courses: 6 (contact hours: 2 hours weekly, 5 credits per course, total of 30 credits)

Semester 1:

1. Comparative and historical Turkic phonetics

2. Comparative and historical Turkic morphology

3. Comparative and historical Mongolistics

Semester 2:

4. Comparative Altaistics

5. Philological analysis of Altaic texts (Old Turkic)

6. Philological analysis of Altaic texts (Middle Turkic and Mongolian)

2. Optional requirements (a total of 40 credits, 20 of them to be completed in semesters 1–4 and 20 in semesters 5–8, to be fulfilled in any combination of the five categories of requirements below)

a) Optional courses (from any program within the Doctoral School of Linguistics): 4 credits each (a maximum of one per semester, to be taken with the approval of the program director and dissertation advisor)

b) Directed study (with dissertation advisor) (4 credits per semester)

c) Conference presentations (individually authored or co-authored presentation or poster presentation listed in the conference program)

poster presentation in Hungarian1

poster presentation in a foreign language2

oral conference presentation in Hungarian 4

oral conference presentation in a foreign language 5

d) Paper published or accepted for publication

paper in Hungarian4

paper in a foreign language5

e) Teaching (one one-hour seminar course of 14 weeks: 2 credits; a maximum of 8 credits per semester, and a total of 48 credits as per University of Szeged Regulations of Doctoral Studies and Conferring the Doctoral Degree).


Comparative Altaic studies

Comparative Turkology


Issues in the history and description of Altaic languages

Supervisor: Prof. András Róna-Tas MHAS

Mongolian word-formation

Supervisor: Bajarma Kempf PhD

Turkic word-formation

Supervisor: László Károly PhD


Semester 1:

Bence Gombkötő

Semester 3:

Togabayeva Guldana

Semester 7:

Isik Murat


Analysis of Old Turkic texts (László Károly PhD, Tibor Porció PhD)

Analysis of Middle Turkic texts (Éva Kincses Nagy PhD, Mária Ivanics DSc)

Recent developments of diachronic, comparative and synchronic Altaic Studies (Bajarma Kempf PhD)

Theory of language kinship (András Róna-Tas MHAS)

Introduction to research in Altaic Studies (András Róna-Tas MHAS)

Recent developments in the history of Mongolian (Bajarma Kempf PhD)

Recent developments in the history of Turkish (Éva Kincses Nagy PhD)

Phonology (see Theoretical linguistics)


The programme gives access to the internationally known specialised libraries of Gyula Németh (professor of turkology) and Lajos Ligeti (orientalist professor). Besides, students can use the library of the Department of Altaic Studies, too. The above mentioned libraries include some 16.000 volumes and nearly 10.000 offprints. The Department’s library offers a rich collection of journals as well, with the leading titles of the field. PhD students can use all the facilities of the Department of Altaic Studies.


Apart from the knowledge of the oriental (Turkish, Mongolian) language under investigation, knowledge of European languages (English, German, Russian) is also required.

Knowledge of the literature given by the programme:

Georg, Stefan, Peter A. Michalove, Alexis Manaster Ramer and Paul J. Sidwell, Telling general linguists about Altaic. Journal of Linguistics 35, 1999, 65–98.

Johanson, L. – É. Á. Csató (eds.), The Turkic languages. London and New York: Routledge, 1998.

Johanson, L., Discoveries on the Turkic Linguistic Map. Stockholm: Svenska Forskningsinsti-tutet i Istanbul, 2001.


A tuva nyelv mongol jövevényszavai [The Mongolian loanwords of the Tuva language], Baiarma Khabtagaeva, Prof. Árpád Berta and Prof. András Róna-Tas, 2007

Yakut derivational morphology. An historical approach. Deverbal nominals, László Károly, Prof. Árpád Berta and Prof. András Róna-Tas, 2008