Historical Linguistics

HistLing Discussion Group

HistLing group meetings occur every other week during the fall and winter terms and are devoted to discussions of language change. Group members include interested faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates from a wide variety of U-M departments -- Linguistics, Anthropology, Asian Languages and Cultures, Classics, Germanic Languages, Near Eastern Studies, Romance Languages, Slavic Languages - and from two nearby universities, Eastern Michigan (Ypsilanti) and Wayne State (Detroit).  Some meetings feature faculty or student presentations; other meetings have an announced topic for discussion and a volunteer moderator, but no formal presentation.  The most regular UMich faculty participants in recent years have been Bill Baxter, Rob Burling, Steve Dworkin, Ben Fortson, Jeff Heath, and Sally Thomason.

Anyone with an interest in language change is welcome to attend our meetings.  Contact Sally Thomason (thomason@umich.edu) for more information and/or to have your name put on the HistLing email list.