History of the Germanic Languages

GER 465 / SCAN 494
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How have the Germanic languages changed throughout history? How is English related to German and Swedish? What can history tell us about how languages are changing today? In this course, we will explore the historical development of the Germanic languages, from Proto-Indo-European to the present day. We will discuss regional, cultural, and social aspects of language variation and change, with a primary focus on German and the Scandinavian languages. The course is open to undergraduate and graduate students. (Note: Students who already have credit for GER 465 but who would like to register for this topics course should contact the instructor.) No previous knowledge of linguistics is necessary. The course will be taught in English, but knowledge of a Germanic language (other than Modern English) will be helpful. For more information contact Charlie Webster: cwebste@illinois.edu