Introduction to Historical-Comparative Linguistics
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.