An introduction to historical linguistics, illustrated mainly by examples from Dutch and its nearest cognates German, English and Frisian. All aspects of languages undergo change: from sounds, word formation and lexical meaning to sentence structure. How does this change take place and what causes it? These questions are discussed using examples from well-known languages and the knowledge thus obtained is applied to daa from lesser known languages during the seminars.
At the end of the course, participants are expected to
- be familiar with the basic terminology and processes of historical linguistics;
- have an understanding of the methodology of historical and comparative linguistics;
- be able to apply this methodology to previously unseen data.
Mode of instruction
Weekly lectures and seminars.
Total course load: 140 hours:
- Lectures: 13 hours
- Seminars: 13 hours
- Seminars: Academic Skills:12 hours
- Assessments: 4 hours
- Preparation lectures and assignments: 52 hours
- Preparation assessment: 46 hours
Oral presentation during classes (passed) Written half-term examination (25%) and final examination (75%) with open questions. There is one resit (100%).
Blackboard will be used for providing literature to the students and communicating with them.
To be bought in advance: Robert McColl Millar (2015): Trask’s Historical Linguistics. 3rd edition. London/New York: Routledge.
J.J.W. Buis, G. Post & V.R. Visser (2015). Academische vaardigheden voor interdisciplinaire studies. Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press.
Other materials (slides and exercizes) will be distributed through Blackboard.
Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
For questions about the content of the course, please contact the teacher:
Dr. B.D. Suchard
Administrations Office: van Wijkplaats: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coordinator of Studies: Else van Dijk