LING 052 — Fall 2016
Historical and Comparative Linguistics

Professor:Jonathan North Washington
Office:Pearson 105
Office phone:x6134
Office hours:M 3:45-5:15pm, T 1:15-2:45pm, by appointment
Email: jwashin1@swarth...
 
Lecture Time:M 6:30-9:15pm
Classroom:Trotter Hall 203
Course website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/SocSci/jwashin1/ling052
Course moodle site: F16 - LING052.01

Course Syllabus

Errata in Trask's Historical Linguistics

Schedule (updated often)

weekdatetopicreading
(by Monday)
due
(by Thursday)
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materials
1 29 Aug

Introductions, syllabus

What/why is Historical Linguistics

Intro to history of English

Dwyer (2007) presentation [ handout | slides ]

2 5 Sep

Intro to Historical Ling (ctd)

Typology of language change

Trask Ch. 1

HW1

D'Arcy et al. (2013) - Asymmetrical trajectories: The past and present of -body/-one

Hickey (2012) - Early English and the Celtic Hypothesis

Canterbury tales prologue [ glossed | recording | more recordings ]

Hickey (2012) handout, slides [ pdf | ppt ]

3 12 Sep

Lexical and semantic change

Trask Ch. 2

HW2

Zenner et al. (2014) - Core vocabulary, borrowability and entrenchment

Wales (2004) - Second Person Pronouns in Contemporary English: The End of a Story or Just the Beginning?

Thomas Grano (2006) - “Me and her” meets “he and I”: Case, person, and linear ordering in English coordinated pronouns OR Van Engen (2007) - Coordinated Pronoun Variation in American English

word formation strategies

Wales (2004) [ handout | slides ]

4 19 Sep

Sound change

Trask Ch. 3

HW3

Michaud, Jacques, & Rankin (2012) - Historical transfer of nasality between consonantal onset and vowel: From C to V or from V to C?

sound change exercises

Michaud et al. (2012) slides

5 26 Sep

Sound system change

Trask Ch. 4

HW4

Haspelmath (2006) - Against markedness

Matisoff (2006) - Genetic versus Contact Relationship: Prosodic Diffusibility in South-East Asian Languages

Haspelmath (2006) slides

Matisoff (2006) [ slides | map ]

week 5 exercises

6 3 Oct

Morphological and Syntactic change

Trask Chs. 5 & 6

HW5

DeLancey (2001) - The mirative and evidentiality

Cutler, Hawkins, & Gilligan (1985) - The suffixing preference: a processing explanation

Vennemann (2002) - On the Rise of ‘Celtic’ Syntax in Middle English

DeLancey (2001) [ slides | handout ]

Vennmann (2002) [ slides | handout ]

morphological change exercises

World Atlas of Language Structures

10 Oct

Fall break!

midterm

7 17 Oct

Relatedness between languages

Trask Ch. 7

HW6

Matras (2005) - The classification of Romani dialects - A geographical-historic perspective

Wichmann et al. (2010) - Homelands of the world's language families: A quantitative approach

Wichmann et al. (2010) slides

Turkic isogloss exercise [ handout | blank map of Eurasia | beginning of isogloss map ]

8 24 Oct

The comparative method

Trask Ch. 8

HW7

Quechuan data handout

9 31 Oct

Internal reconstruction

Trask Ch. 9

HW8

internal reconstruction exercises

Turkic pronouns

10 7 Nov

The origin and propagation of change

Trask Ch. 10

HW9

Nagy (2011) - Lexical change and language contact: Faetar in Italy and Canada

videos: [ Interview with Labov | Northern Cities vowel shift ]

Northern Cities vowel shift: [ map | vowel chart | [æ] "tensing" in North American English ]

Nagy (2011) slides

11 14 Nov

Language contact and linguistic areas

Trask Ch. 11.1-11.2

HW10

Thomason & Kaufman (1989) - Contact-Induced Language Change: An Analytic Framework

Masica (2001) - The Definition and Significance of Linguistic Areas: Methods, Pitfalls, and Possibilities (with Special Reference to the Validity of South Asia as a Linguistic Area)

Haspelmath (2001)- The European linguistic area: Standard Average European

Friedman (2006) - The Balkans as a Linguistic Area

Matras & Sakel (2007) - Investigating the mechanisms of pattern replication in language convergence

Thomason & Kaufman (1989) [ slides | handout ]

Haspelmath (2001) [ slides | handout ]

Friedman (2006) [ slides | handout ]

Matras & Sakel (2007) [ slides | handout ]

12 21 Nov

Language birth, death, planning

Trask Ch. 11.3-11.5

HW11

McWhorter (2006) - Creole Transplantation: A source of solutions to resistant anomalies

Burling (2009) - The Lingua Franca Cycle: Implications for Language Shift, Language Change, and Language Classification

Georg et al. (1998) - Telling General Linguists about Altaic

Turkic orthographies handout

McWhorter (2006) [ slides | handout ]

Georg et al. (1998) [ slides | handout ]

UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger

13 28 Nov

Language and prehistory

Trask Ch. 12

HW12

Garrett (2006) - Convergence in the Formation of Indo-European Subgroups: Phylogeny and Chronology

Ringe (2009) - The Linguistic Diversity of Aboriginal Europe

Stemberger (1979) - Reconstructing the Proto-Indo-Europeans

Starostin (2012) - Dene-Yeniseian: a critical assessment (and Vajda’s reply)

Garrett (2006) [ slides ]

Ringe (2009) [ slides | handout ]

Starostin (2012) [ slides | handout ]

5 Dec No class!
12 Dec

Language family presentations (19:00-22:00)

final exam