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24.914 Language Variation and Change

Prereq: 24.900
Acad Year 2017-2018: Not offered
Acad Year 2018-2019: U (Spring)

12 Units. HASS-S

Explores how linguistic systems vary across time and space. Uses case studies in particular languages to examine how language transmission and social factors shape the grammatical systems of individual speakers, and how grammar constrains variation and change. Students work in groups to analyze corpus or survey data. Provides instruction and practice in written and oral communication.

A. Albright

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