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Course Overview

This course focuses on language change. Topics include language families, methods of comparative reconstruction, phonological change, semantic change, and grammaticalization. We will evaluate the features of sign language in light of their relatively young age, and compare them to other ”new” languages such as creoles. Attention will be paid to methods of historical reconstruction for languages that have not been written down in the past.

Credits: 3
Distribution: Graduate

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Admissions Requirements

Hearing Undergraduate