LACS 456 - Topics in Comparative Linguistics
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS)
Department: LSA II: Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Credits:
1
Consent:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Concurrent enrollment in LING 446.
Repeatability:
May be elected three times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
Primary Instructor:

This course aims at extending students’ exposure to the domain of comparative linguistics. It is directed to students interested in the in-depth study of one or more languages, or to anyone interested in a more thorough understanding of the structural properties of human languages and of the possible variation across their structure.

Human languages have strikingly similar structural features, but they also vary in significant respects. A substantial amount of advances in our understanding of human language has resulted from the individual and comparative analysis of distinct languages. Their properties, similarities and differences can be explored from cognitive, formal, theoretical and typological perspectives. Some of the questions that arise in this context are: what structural principles are present across different human languages? What kind of variation can we find across human languages? What mechanisms give rise to this variation? How can this variation be analyzed and understood in a precise way? How does this variation arise over time? In this course, these perspectives are explored primarily in the context of generative linguistics, exploring the hypothesis that a species-specific cognitive capacity (a faculty of language) determines both the common and distinctive properties of different languages.

A comparative linguistics course can focus of different aspects of language structure. This time course will focus on the investigation of different properties of a single language, complementing the cross-linguistic content of LING 446 Comparative Linguistics. Portuguese will be the language considered this time, given interest in fostering the study of this language across different departments (LACS, Linguistics and Romance Languages). We will explore some of the special properties of the morpho-syntax and syntax of Portuguese in the context of the Romance languages, especially in comparison to Spanish.

Requirements: Students taking this course need to take LING 446 in advance or in parallel to this course.

LACS 456 - Topics in Comparative Linguistics
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