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PHI og MF tilbyr følgende kurs i studieåret 2019–2020: akkadisk, sanskrit, tibetansk, hebraisk, klassisk arabisk, middelalderlatin, kirkeslavisk og klassisk kinesisk.


The Norwegian Institute of Philology (PHI) is an independent research institution based in Oslo, Norway. Our research focuses on historical philology, i.e. the study of ancient and classical languages and their historical, literary and cultural environment. One of the objectives of PHI is to emphasize the need for comparative historical philology in an increasingly globalized world.

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Language, Legacy and Landey

​On February 8th 2018 the Embassy of Afghanistan in Oslo kindly hosted the launch of our project Language, Legacy and Landey. We had several public events , in Oslo and in London, during the Spring term of 2018, and we have more events and activities coming up. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and check out our project website to stay posted!


At the celebration of the 99th anniversary of Afghanistan's Independence Day in Oslo on August 21st, H.E. Ambassador Shukria Barakzai presented a certificate of appreciation to the Norwegian Institute of Philology (PHI) for its work on the project "Language, Legacy and Landey".


Fra januar 2019 går MF og PHI sammen for å sikre høyere utdanning, forskning og formidling av historisk filologi og klassiske kulturspråk fra hele verden. Utviklingen av tilbudet er støttet av et tilskudd til virksomheten over statsbudsjettet, ved hjelp av regjeringspartiene og Arbeider-partiet.

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Research seminars Fall 2019

Every week the Norwegian Institute of Philology (PHI) holds research seminars where we read texts in a number of ancient and classical languages. Several of these seminars are awarded ECTS credits for advanced students.


In the Fall of 2019 the weekly seminars include texts in Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, Syriac, Persian, Georgian, Armenian, Greek, Latin, Arabic, Ancient North Arabian and Sumerian.


See the recent development of our corpus of ancient and classical multilingual texts.

Linguistic Atlas of Afghanistan

The Linguistic Atlas of Afghanistan (ALA) was a massive and ambitious project undertaken in Afghanistan in the 1960s and 1970s. The revival of the Linguistic Atlas of Afghanistan (2018–) is a collaborative undertaking of academic institutions in Switzerland, Afghanistan, Norway, the UK and the US. The coordinating institution is the Norwegian Institute of Philology (PHI).

The Norwegian Institute of Philology is an independent academic institution which relies on grants and donations to operate and develop. If you appreciate our work, you can support PHI with a one-time, monthly or annual contribution.

KURS – Klassiske kulturspråk 

PHI tilbyr innføringskurs i sumerisk, akkadisk, sanskrit, pali, tibetansk, hebraisk, klassisk kinesisk, klassisk arabisk og middelalderlatin. Tilbudet gis av PHI i samarbeid med MF vitenskapelig høyskole for teologi, religion og samfunn.

Påmelding innen 15. august 2019!

Multilingual Koran seminar

In cooperation with  the MF Centre for the Advanced Study of Religion (MF CASR), PHI organises a weekly Koran reading seminar, where we not only look at the original text but also investigate early translations into Greek (870 AD), Persian (976 AD and 10th century), Turkic (11th century) and Latin (1143 and 1210). 

You can participate or take a look at our project website A Multilingual Edition of The Koran.


PHI's activities lie primarily within the following broad philological fields or research areas:


The institute was established in 2003, with the specific aim of promoting comparative historical philology in Norway. As of 2019, the institute has a threefold aim: (1) Initiate and lead research projects within historical philology and related areas; (2) promote philological research and knowledge about global linguistic and literary cultural heritage, in Norway and internationally; (3) Cooperate with Norwegian institutions and policy makers on matters concerning linguistic and cultural heritage. 

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In addition to our main focus on ancient and classical languages, we are also involved in projects which relate the classical heritage to the present:

We study how state institutions and other actors manage questions of linguistic and literary heritage. And we investigate the relationship between ancient and classical written languages and their modern spoken relatives, in many cases marginal and endangered languages.

Our main current linguistic heritage project is:

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The Landey project is an initiative to raise awareness about Afghan women's poetry, in Afghanistan and in Norway. We will also publish landey poems collected by the Norwegian linguist Georg Morgenstierne (1892–1978).


I døde språks selskap er en arrangements-serie om fortidens store språk og kulturer – et samarbeid mellom Norsk filologisk institutt og Universitetsbiblioteket. Les mer.


PHI has recently launched an initiative to publish a multilingual and historical edition of the Koran – a project which will investigate several aspects of this central document of Islam and of the Arabic language.


One of PHI's defining characteristics is a strong interest in the use of computer technology and programming in the service of philology. See our Digital Humanities pages.


PHI's research covers a wide array of historical languages, and involves most of the major cultural languages of world history. We are also constantly expanding our repertoire... See more on PHI's language pages.

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