ALM: 7102 COMPARATIVE AND CONTRASTIVE STUDIES OF AFRICAN LANGUAGES

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course examines questions such as the origin of human languages, how these languages have changed and continue to change over time; how it can be determined whether or not a set of languages are related; and how to reconstruct earlier forms of languages. Attention will be subsequently directed to the way languages have been classified, especially will relation to African and Uganda in particular. Extra attention will be leveled on the Bantu languages since they are spoken by close to 95% of the Ugandan population. The history and development of Kiswahili will also be of substantial interest in this regard.

OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE

  •  To examine the processes of language change and the principle which govern the historical and comparative study of languages.
  •  To demonstrate relevant of the synchronic and diachronic approaches in language analysis.
  •  To build a firm base in contrastive /comparative studies fro students who wish to pursue further studies or conduct more research in this branch of linguistics.

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