In this course (co-taught with my colleague Patrick Honeybone) 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 2019⁄2020, I will cover the following topics :
- Mechanisms and types of phonological change
- Phonological typology and phonological change
- The life cycle of phonological processes; transmission and diffusion in phonological change
- Historical phonology and phonological representations