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(HIST 460) Historical Linguistics

This course is an introduction to how and why languages change over time with regard to sound, grammar, and vocabulary. You’ll learn why most linguists don’t think slang is inherently “bad,” and why dictionaries aren’t necessarily always “right.” You’ll also learn ways to determine if two languages are related.

Credit Hours 3.0 Lecture
Prerequisites None
Offered Fall, Winter
Programs History (B.A.), History Minor

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively about the past through written and oral presentations.
  • Analyze arguments and perspectives of others.
  • Develop information literacy skills for evaluating historical and library sources.
  • Learn context from at least three of four major geographical areas (Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania).
  • Discover the value of kuleana (stewardship) in global citizenship through the understanding of world history and apply those values in their own lives, careers, and in giving service.