Historical Phonology


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 20162017, 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

Course materials are available on Learn.

See LASC10046 on DRPS.

About me

I’m Pavel Iosad, and I’m a Senior Lecturer in the department of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh. ¶ You can always go to the start page to learn more.



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