LING 517 - Principles and Methods of Historical Linguistics
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing, or permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course is an introduction to the theories and methods that enable linguists to describe and explain processes of linguistic change and historical relationships among languages. The major topics to be covered are the emergence of language families and means of establishing family relationships; sound change; grammatical change, especially analogy; language change caused by culture contacts; the Comparative Method, through which prehistoric language states can be reconstructed with an impressive degree of accuracy; internal reconstruction, a less powerful but still important method for gaining information about linguistic prehistory; and ways in which the study of current dialect variation offers insights into processes of change.

Course Requirements:

Course requirements: regular homework assignments (45%), final exam (45%), class participation (10%).

LING 517 - Principles and Methods of Historical Linguistics
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001 (LEC)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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ISBN: 9780262518499
Historical linguistics : an introduction, Author: Campbell, Lyle., Publisher: MIT Press 2013
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