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Language Change 1

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Department
Linguistics
Course
LIN 201
Professor
Ikier
Semester
Fall

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-History of lang. = history of changes -“Historical and comparitive ling.” -Comparitive = best way to understand history of changes -Comparing existing variation -Compare lang. to its relatives -Synchronic vs. diachronic ling. -Synchronic: lang. as a static sys., abstracted out of time -Diachronic: how sys. of lang changes over time -Genetic fallacy: belief/argument evaluated based on origins, not merits -Jumps from facts about origins to claims about nature -Past form of word is correct -Every stage of lang. has served its speakers =ly well -Past of lang. informs present state -Speakers of lang. usually don’t have access to its past -Grammar is “recreated” in each speaker’s acq. -Compare evolution in lang. to evolution in bio. -Interesting,
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