Introduction to Historical Linguistics (3) How languages change and evolve over time; language families; effects of borrowing and language contact.
LING 102 Introduction to Historical Linguistics (3)
(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
Introduction to Historical Linguistics is designed to introduce the basic theories, methods, and data linguists used to study ancient languages and the connections between seemingly diverse peoples and cultures. The diversity of human language has been a topic of speculation since ancient times, popularly accounted for by similar stories and legends across cultures and religions. The course will survey these ideas and combine them with the major trends of philological thinking from antiquity to the present day. An important aspect of this course is in reviewing the philological record to examine the importance, and at times even sacredness, of the written word to various cultures. The course reviews in particular the works of the Greek, Latin and Sanskrit scholars, the anonymous Icelandic grammarian, and the influential work of the 19th century European philologists. It also examines how spoken language, in particular, leads us to an understanding of how different societies can be linked a common source for their language.
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