Introduction to Historical-Comparative Linguistics

Introduction to Historical-Comparative Linguistics
Theory and method of language change via comparison of daughter languages and reconstruction of their ancestral language: phonological, morphological, semantic, and lexical.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesFor Fall 2013 & forward admits, Ling 210 and Ling 220.
 TaughtFall, Winter
 ProgramsContaining LING 450
Course Outcomes

Comparitive method and Internal Reconstruction

Students will be able to apply the comparative method and internal reconstruction in order to hypothesize earlier states of a language and to examine the relatedness of different languages.

Explanation of Changes

Students will be able to explain how and why linguistic changes occur in phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and the lexicon.

Factors that affect Linguistic Change

Students will be able to explain how linguistic change is affected by language contact and psychological, physical, social, and cultural factors.

Using Corpora, Texts, and Lexicons

Students will be able to use corpora, texts, and lexicons in order to obtain data on, and answer questions about, language change.