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The basic Linguistics curriculum at the Australian National University is offered by the Program in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics of the School of Language Studies in the Faculty of Arts. The following units include substantial content on language change and are informed by the research of members of the Centre for Research on Language Change:

  • History of English (LING2104/LING6529), offered biennually, gives students an overview of the history of English phonology, morphology, lexicon, and syntax as well as the development of 'new Englishes' due to colonisation.       ← NEW!
  • Language Change and Linguistic Reconstruction (LING2005), offered annually, introduces the concepts and methods of the subdiscipline of historical linguistics.
  • Languages in Contact (LING2018), a course offered every year and a half, describes the changes caused by the mutual influence languages may exert on one another, including such topics as word borrowing, linguistic diffusion areas, pidgin and creole language formation, language shift and language death.
  • Study of a Language Family (LING3008), offered annually, describes the historical relations, changes, and reconstructed structure of a given language family, which varies from year to year, with coordinators drawn from the (Arts) Linguistics Program as well as staff from Linguistics (Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies), and Visiting Fellows. Language families that have been or will be offered include: Subsaharan African (1998), Austronesian (2000), Tai-Kadai (2001), Australian (2002), Mon-Khmer (2003), Papuan (2004), Indo-European (2005), Sino-Tibetan (2006), Pama-Nyungan (2007), Germanic (2008).
  • The Chinese Language (LING2017), offered every two or three years, includes the history and dialects of Chinese.
  • The German program offers a unit on German Language Change (GERM2111).

In addition to the offerings of the School of Language Studies, the Asian Studies Faculty, which includes several scholars whose recent publications have a focus on language change (Hendriks, Hooker, Kumar, et al.), offers the following units in which language change is especially important and of which the first three many be included in a Linguistics major:

  • Language in Asia (ASIA2001/2103)
  • Classical Chinese 1-2 (CHIN3030/3031)

The training provided by these units on language change, complemented by units that teach the essentials of language structural analysis (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistic variation, and field methods), will enable a student to undertake original research at Honors or post-graduate level in language families for which staff can provide supervision. Studies in historical linguistics may be complemented at the ANU by the study of individual Asian or European languages or the related disciplines of history, archaeology, or anthropology.

Recently Completed Theses

Recently completed ANU theses and subtheses relevant to language change by members of the CRLC:

AMUZU, Evershed, Ewe-English Codeswitching - A Composite rather than Classic Codeswitching (2005, Supervisor Harold Koch)
DANILIUC, Laura, Auxiliary selection in the Romance languages. Synchrony and diachrony (2004, Supervisor Cynthia Allen)
EVANS, Bethwyn, A study of valency-changing devices in Proto Oceanic (2002, Supervisor Malcolm Ross)
HENDERY, Rachel, The diachronic typology of relative clauses (2008, Supervisor Cynthia Allen)
TOULMIN, Matthew W.S. Reconstructing linguistic history in a dialect continuum. The Kamta, Rajbanshi, and Northern Deshi Bangla subgroup of Indo-Aryan. (2006, Supervisor Harold Koch)

JACQ, Pascale, A Description of Jruq (Loven): a Mon-Khmer language of the Lao PDR (2001, Supervisor Avery Andrews)

Master of Linguistics
BARRETT, Bevin, Historical reconstruction of the Maric languages of Central Queensland (2005, Supervisor Harold Koch)
HONDA, Koichi, Phonological history of Vietnamese—With special focus on the phonological system of Middle Vietnamese (2004, Supervisor Paul Sidwell)
MCLAGAN, Helen, The Syntax of Genitive Constructions in Old English: placement of genitive phrases in Ælfric's second series of Catholic Homilies (2003, Supervisor Cynthia Allen)

LAFFAN, Kate, Reconstruction of the Wakka-Kabic languages of south-eastern Queensland (2003, Supervisor Harold Koch)
MARR, Isobel, Researching contact in the history of English (2009, Supervisor Cynthia Allen)
PEREBOEFF, Naomi, The trouthe of Chaucer's language: Subjectivity in the semantics of the Canterbury Tales (2009, Supervisor Cynthia Allen)
STYLES, Suzy, “In tho days…”: The semantics of temporal uses of the prepositions at, in and on in Middle English; A corpus-based study of collocations with units of time up to the size of a day (2002, Supervisor Cynthia Allen)

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