Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
After following this course, you have insight to the main mechanisms of language change in English and can name some common causes for language change. You can explain arguments and counterarguments in the debate on whether language change is good or bad.
Because awesome. Instagrammable. Mood. Language changes constantly. This is most obvious in changes in the meaning of words, but grammatical structures and pronunciation change too. A particularly interesting aspect of language change is that people often have very strong opinions about it, especially those trying to stop language from changing. But as we will see in the course, language change is a natural phenomenon, present in all stages of languages. In this course, we will go through different aspects of language – e.g. syntax, vocabulary, phonology, morphology – and discuss the types of change that has occurred in each particular area. In the course, we will focus on changes in English, but we will also draw some parallels with mechanisms and types of changes in other languages.
Tutorials. Schedule to be agreed with the instructor.
TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
Oral exam (50%) and written paper (50%)
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
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