LSA 306: Historical linguistics

Andrew Garrett and Paul Kiparsky | six-week course | TuTh 8:30 – 10:15, 2060 Valley Life Sciences Building (VLSB)

A survey of major areas of historical linguistics. Topics will include the causes and mechanisms of phonological, morphological, syntactic, and semantic change, methods of reconstruction, and the mechanisms of language diversification and the elucidation of language relationships. Current theoretical debates on sound change, analogical change, and grammaticalization will be addressed.

Reading: Selected materials available online.

Areas of linguistics: Areal and historical linguistics

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