In this course (co-taught with my colleagues Patrick Honeybone and Michael Ramsammy) we consider a variety of issues connected to phonological change. Throughout the course, we address questions such as the following:
- How do we reconstruct the phonology of past language states?
- What types of phonological changes are attested?
- How can synchronic phonological theory assist us in the study of historical phonology?
- What can we learn about the human language faculty by studying historical phonology?
In 2017⁄2018, I will cover the following topics (subject to change with extreme prejudice):
- Mechanisms and types of phonological change
- Phonological typology and phonological change
- Historical phonology and phonological representations