Lesson 11 — Language Evolution

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Reading for this week:
Contemporary Linguistics, p. 245 – 260 and 272 – 282 (Ch. 7)

Things to know:

  •  The different types of phonologically conditioned sound changes (all through the tree of Table 7.3 on p. 250)
  • Grimm’s Law and the languages it affected (and how to identify words that show that change)
  • The concept of proto-language
  • How to describe sound changes in systematic terms
  • How to work through a dataset



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