Languages are constantly changing, from one generation to the next, and even within a generation. Languages can change in any of the ways that they can differ from each other: phonology, morphology, syntax, etc. This chapter explores the many ways that languages can change, as well as how we can make educated guesses at what languages looked like in the past.
- Categorize examples of language change using technical terminology.
- Analyze linguistic data to determine what kind of language changes are demonstrated and reconstruct proto-forms of the data.
- Recognize and refute common myths about language change.