ANTHRCUL 519 - Principles and Methods of Historical Linguistics
Winter 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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Details

Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing, or permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Description

This course is about how languages change, what these changes tell us about the nature of language, and how historical linguistics (in combination with archeology and molecular genetics) is used to reconstruct ancient demographic and cultural patterns. Topics include: the traditional comparative method versus recent computational techniques, grammaticalization, how disruptions to morphosyntactic systems (due to sound changes or to language shift) are repaired, how ordinary language contact compares to pidgin and creole formation, whether cross-linguistic typology is a useful guide to historical reconstruction, and how historical linguists identify locations and reconstruct cultural features of ancient populations. A broader issue is how diachronic processes relate to synchronic description.

Course Requirements:

Course requirements: homeworks (40%), research paper (40%), one exam (20%)

Schedule

ANTHRCUL 519 - Principles and Methods of Historical Linguistics
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
35952
Open
18
 
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MW 5:30PM - 7:00PM

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