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Unformatted text preview: results of language change vs the mechanism of language change classical philology (F.A. Wolf) vs. comparative philologists (G. Hermann) biography of the nation vs. analytic understanding of change parallel trajectory in biology race/species pre-Darwinian: superficial similarity, common history post-Darwinian: ability of reproduce How does change happen to species? Separation of populations accompanied by some sort of genetic drift and selection of those features of the drift that provide an advantage to reproduction in an ecosystem At some point the ability to reproduce is lost. Separation of linguistic communities accompanied by some sort of linguistic drift with different features of the drift preserved by subsequent speakers What kinds of drift do languages under go? should be systematic (regularity hypothesis) should not be unique and should still be observable in some language (uniformitarian hypothesis) focus on the linguistic domain where there is the least probability of accidental similarity (sequence of phones are the best choice by this consideration). similarity (sequence of phones are the best choice by this consideration)....
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This note was uploaded on 11/30/2009 for the course LING 101 taught by Professor Kirby during the Summer '08 term at UNC.
- Summer '08