Changing voices: tracing the development of Portuguese over time (MLP3005)

15 credits

Languages are in constant change. Changes in language are unavoidable and unstoppable, but how do they originate and propagate and how do people react to change?

In this module you will study how languages evolve through time, with a specific focus on Portuguese. Some changes are a result of social and political pressures, for example changes to the social structure, invasions and colonisation. Other changes are less dependent on extra-linguistic events and correspond to language-internal reorganisation of the system. As you examine how Portuguese evolved and is evolving, you will acquire practical skills such as working with data digitally stored.