LING 446 - Comparative Linguistics
Section: 001
Term: WN 2012
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
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Advisory Prerequisites:
At least one course in Linguistics/language analysis.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Human languages have strikingly similar structural features, but at the same time 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 similarities and differences can be explored from cognitive, formal, theoretical and typological perspectives. In this course, these perspectives are explored in the context of generative linguistics, exploring the hypothesis that a species-specific cognitive capacity (a faculty of language) determines both the common properties and the boundaries of variation across languages. Some of the questions that arise in this context are:

  • what structural principles are common across different human languages? What kind of variation can we find across human languages?
  • What mechanisms determine the range of this variation?
  • How can this variation be analyzed and understood in a precise way?
  • What gives rise to this sort of cross-linguistic variation over time?

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Intended Audience:

This course introduces students to comparative research on different languages. It is relevant to students interested in a formal understanding of variation across languages, or to anyone interested in knowing more about the structural properties of different languages as part of the study of language and cognition.

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LING 446 - Comparative Linguistics
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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