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LING 4325 Methods and Problems in Historical Linguistics (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

A review of some ways in which languages change over time: sound change, semantic shift, typological change (e.g. loss of V2 in English), grammaticalization, Jespersen's cycle. Pros and cons of various models of language relationship; phonological reconstruction (proto-Indo-European); the traces left by different kinds of language contact (borrowing); discerning the traces left by 'genetic' inheritance; earlier methods and their reception in the wider linguistics community (Swadesh lists, lexicostatistics, Greenberg typology, Faarlund & Emonds).

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Rebecca A.B. Colleran

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17