LING 317 - Language and History
Section: 001
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
LING 111 or 210.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course explores some of the ways in which language reveals and reflects human history. All living languages are constantly changing, and changes in language can shed light on population movements, cultural contacts, and other aspects of history. The course will focus on four topic areas. We'll start with the beginning of recorded history: the earliest writings in the ancient Near East, MesoAmerica, and elsewhere. Next, we will consider language families: what they are, where they are, and how they are discovered and established. The third topic is linguistic paleontology — what the vocabulary of a language can tell us about its speakers' past. Finally, we will look at language contact, which has affected the history of almost every language: past contacts between cultures, even long-vanished civilizations, can often be traced in the structures and vocabularies of their languages.

Enrollment in this course requires prior completion of LING 111 or 210 or an equivalent introduction to linguistics. Students who have not met this requirement must have the permission of the instructor to take the course. Students will be evaluated on the basis of class participation, written assignments and one one-hour examination.

LING 317 - Language and History
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
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