SCHEDULE (TENTATIVE)

Note that none (or only a small portion) of the notes for a given day are available via these links, although they will all be available for in-class use. You will, however, be able to see the study questions for upcoming topics.

DATE

TEXT

TOPIC

PROJECT

INTRODUCTION

T JAN 6   Course overview  
Th 8 1 The reality of language change  
T 13 10.1-10.3 Explaining change  
Th 15   Corpora and historical linguistics  
T 20   Using corpora to examine very recent change  
Th 22 2.1-2.3, 11.1 Language contact  
T 27 2.4, 12.1-12.2 Lexical: Origins (Etymology)  
Th* 29   Lexical: Change  
T FEB 3   Changes in discourse  

PROCESSES

Th 5   TEST 1  
T 10 2.5 Semantic change #1: Current change
Th 12 3, 10.3 Sound change: Phonetic  
T 17   NO CLASS (MONDAY INSTRUCTION) 
Th 19 4, 10.4-10.5 Sound change: Phonological  
T 24 5 Morphological change (5.1-5.4)  
Th 26 5 Morphological change  
T MAR 3 -- Syntactic change I: General (p 171-182)  
Th 5 6 Syntactic change II: Extensions (p 182-200)  
T 10 6 Syntactic change III: Corpora  
Th 12  

TEST 2

 

COMPARISONS 

T 17 7 Relatedness between languages #2: One change
Th 19 8.1-8.3 The comparative method  
T 24 8.4-8.9 The comparative method (and internal)  
Th 26 11.2-11.4 Linguistic areas, birth, and death  
T 31 (11.5)-11.8 Linguistic areas, birth, and death  
Th APR 3 12 (BM) Language and prehistory  
T 7   (Work on project 3)  
Th 9   (Work on project 3)  
T 14   Present project #3. (incl. writing systems) #3: Comparative
T 21 11-2 FINAL EXAM (survey)