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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

All languages are constantly changing, just as other aspects of human society are also constantly changing. How and why do these changes begin? How and why do they take hold and spread? How can we explain them? This subject is an introduction to the study of language over time. We will examine changes at all linguistic levels: vocabulary, meaning, sounds and grammar. Examples are drawn from the history of a wide range of languages: European, Pacific, Asian, Australian. Part of the subject also gives students practice in reconstructing lost stages of languages, using the internal and comparative methods of reconstruction.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDavid Bradley

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have passed 15 credit points at first-year level from Linguistics. All other students require Coordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjects LIN3LAT

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsLanguage change: progress or decay?PrescribedAitchison, J. 20013RD EDN, CAMBRIDGE UP

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