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 2016⁄2017, I covered the following topics:
- Phonological typology and historical phonology
- The origins of sound change and phonologization
- Historical phonology and phonological representations
Course materials are available on Learn.