LING 2803 Change and Development in Selected European Languages (1)

Pre-requisites: LING 1001 and LING 1002


This course explores the common origins of Indo-European languages, with a special focus on the roots of both the Romance group and the Germanic group. Language contact in Medieval times (English, French, and Latin) will be considered, as well as the Renaissance and the influence of Classical Latin. European exploration and expansion will be examined, specifically with regard to their impact on language contact and diversity in Spanish, French, and English. Language change in French, Portuguese and Spanish will also be considered.

Method of Instruction: 2 lectures and 1 tutorial per week
Assessment: 100% in-course assessment

Basic Reading List

Alkire, Ti and Carol Rosen. Romance Languages: A Historical Introduction. Cambridge UP, 2010.

Harbert, Wayne. The Germanic Languages. Cambridge UP, 2007.

Mallory, J. P. and D. Q. Adams. The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European World. Oxford UP, 2006.