Anthropology | Language and Prehistory
L407 | 27770 | LeSourd

This course provides an introduction to the areas of linguistic
research that are most relevant to the concerns of archaeologists and
students of cultural prehistory. We will investigate the ways in which
languages change, explore the principles by which languages are
grouped into families, and see how protolanguages, the ancestors of
linguistic families, are reconstructed. We will then apply the results
of these studies to such problems as identifying the locations of
ancient populations, tracing early patterns of migration, and
revealing the cultures of groups who lived in the distant past. Work
for the course will include a series of problem sets that provide
students with experience with the methods of historical reconstruction.