This course has been cancelled as of 8/11/2015.
Special Topics in Scandinavian: Sociohistorical Scandinavian Linguistics
This course is a special look at the history of Scandinavia not through its people and nations, but through its languages. Join us as we examine the earliest evidence of the written word in Scandinavia in ancient runic inscriptions, look at the evidence we have for what was happening even earlier thanks to linguistic reconstruction, and then journey into more recent centuries to look at e.g. the Norwegian language struggle, the position of Sami, and the interesting interactions between Finnish and Swedish in eastern Scandinavia.
Texts: to be supplied by the instructor.