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Fall 2018-2019
* LIN 210 / CLA 210 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Introduction to Historical and Comparative Linguistics

Nicholas Rolle

This course provides an introduction to the study of language change and language families. We will examine different types of language change (sound change, syntactic change, meaning change), and look at the explanations of such change. We will learn the core methodologies of Historical Linguistics, especially the Comparative Method, and apply it to a wide variety of languages. We will also examine a number of case studies of language change due to the contact with other languages, and the many different results which take place (language shift, linguistic convergence, pidginization/creolization, etc.).

Sample reading list:
Campbell, Lyle, Historical Linguistics: An Introduction, 2nd Ed.
Crowley, Terry & Claire Bowern, An Introduction to Historical Linguistics, 4th Ed.
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Homework assignment/In class Quizzes. Approximately 80 pages of reading per week.

Mid Term Exam - 15%
Take Home Final Exam - 30%
Quizzes - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Problem set(s) - 35%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Students in any class level are welcome (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior), however, prior experience with Linguistics (such as LIN 201, Intro to Language and Linguistics) will be very helpful for this course. Note: Knowledge of Greek and Latin is not required nor expected..

Reserved Seats:
First Year Ugrd Only 2
Sophomores Only 2

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23420 S01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm T Th   Aaron Burr Hall   209   Enrolled:26 Limit:20 Closed