Historical linguistics

Undergraduate seminar given at the University of Konstanz, 2017–2018.

1. Handouts (lectures)

  1. Week 1: Introduction
  2. Week 3: Sounds and scribbles – then and now
  3. Week 5: Comparative reconstruction and language families
  4. Week 7: Syntactic change
  5. Week 9: Modelling language change
  6. Week 11: Modelling language change, part 2

2. Handouts (reading groups)

  1. Week 2: Hale
  2. Week 4: Ringe & Eska
  3. Week 6: Harris & Campbell
  4. Week 8: Denison
  5. Week 10: Yang
  6. Week 12: Nettle

3. Readings

  1. Chapters 1 & 2 from: Hale, M. (2007) Historical linguistics: theory and method. Malden, MA: Blackwell.
  2. Chapter 5 from: Ringe, D. & Eska, J. F. (2013) Historical linguistics: toward a twenty-first century reintegration. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  3. Chapter 12 from: Harris, A. C. & Campbell, L. (1995) Historical syntax in cross-linguistic perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  4. Denison, D. (2003) Log(ist)ic and simplistic S-curves. In R. Hickey (ed.), Motives for language change, 54–70. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  5. Yang, C. D. (2000) Internal and external forces in language change. Language Variation and Change, 12, 231–250.
  6. Nettle, D. (1999) Using Social Impact Theory to simulate language change. Lingua, 108, 95–117.

4. Homework

  1. Homework for the reading week