LING 21300/31300: Historical Linguistics

PQ: Intro to Linguistics and Intro to Phonetics and Phonology or graduate student status.



Course Description

This course deals with the issue of variation and change in language. Topics include types, rates, and explanations of change; the differentiation of dialects and languages over time; determination and classification of historical relationships among languages, and reconstruction of ancestral stages; parallels with cultural and genetic evolutionary theory; and implications for the description and explanation of language in general.


Instructor: Alan Yu