Language Change

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Language Change

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    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.

    Oral exam (50%) and written paper (50%)

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