LING3003 Historical Linguistics: Language History and Language Change

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Linguistics major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
Content
This unit focuses on the investigation and explanation of language change, both as a consequence of internal forces within a language community and through contact between language communities. It considers the history of thinking about language change and its role in the development of linguistics as a science, the development of the comparative method as a means of reconstructing past language states, and theories of language classification based on historical relationships of both inheritance and diffusion.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the process of language change and linguistic divergence; (2) use the comparative method to reconstruct past stages of a language; (3) evaluate sub-grouping arguments and arguments about the primary genetic relationship between languages; and (4) find, critically interpret and evaluate the content of scholarly publications in the literature on language change and language relationships.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial participation; (2) assignments; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Luisa Miceli
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
(LING2002 Phonetics and Phonology: the Sounds of the World's Languages
or
LING2201 Phonetics and Phonology)
Incompatibility:
LING2203 Language Variation and Change
Contact hours
Up to 3 hours per week over 12 weeks.
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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