An examination of all forms of language change, including sound change, analogical change, semantic and lexical change, and syntactic change. Students will learn and apply the techniques of the comparative method in order to reconstruct earlier stages of various languages and to understand how linguists determine the genetic relationships among languages. Several theories of linguistic change will be explored. Students will also be introduced to the history of the discipline of linguistics, which largely began with the development of the techniques for historical reconstruction.
Max Enrollment: 20
Prerequisites: LING 114 or permission of the instructor.
Distribution Requirements: EC - Epistemology and Cognition
Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered