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Historical Linguistics

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Historical linguistics is the scientific study of how languages change over time, which seeks to understand the relationships among languages and to reconstruct earlier stages of languages. At UGA, our primary focus is on historical Indo-European linguistics – the history and development of the Indo-European family of languages, which includes English.

Personnel

Sociolinguistics, Heritage language communities, Historical linguistics, Germanic languages 

Old English, Old Norse, the works of Tolkien

Historical Semitic linguistics and philology.  Diffusion models.  

Literary representation of oral and stylistic registers (key, tone, modals).   

Historical linguistics, Indo-European syntax and discourse structure

Language variation, Corpus linguistics, American English

Slavic prosody and the phonology/morphology interface; historical Slavic linguistics and accentology; and sociolinguistics, with a focus on questions of language and identity and language contact in the former Yugoslavia.

Language acquisition, Historical linguistics, Hispanic linguistics

Language variation and change, Romance languages

Middle High German, Historical Germanic linguistics

Historical Indo-European linguistics, Prepositional semantics, Slavic linguistics and folklore, Acquisition of Russian by foreign and heritage language learners

Historical Indo-European linguistics, Syntax

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