Portuguese Through Time (MLP3004)

15 credits

Languages are in constant change. Some changes can be perceived in one’s lifetime while other changes can only be reconstructed using available written sources. Changes in language are unavoidable and unstoppable, but how do they originate and propagate and to what extent are certain types of change universal?

In this module you will study how languages evolve through time, with a specific focus on Portuguese in the context of the development of the Romance languages on the one hand and on the contrast between European and Brazilian Portuguese. You will also get acquainted with the ongoing changes in Portuguese.