Human languages show a great range of diversity in every level of structure: phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and more. Yet at the same time this diversity is constrained by universal or near-universal properties. This unit examines the nature and extent of diversity in the world's languages, exploring how this diversity can be best described, analysed, and explained. Principles of Language Typology and techniques for discovering patterns and generalizations are introduced. Explanations for diversity and universals are considered.
1x 1500wd Midterm essay (20%), 1x 2500wd Final essay (40%), 4x 500wd Assignment (40%)
12 credit points at 2000 level in Linguistics