Historical and Areal Linguistics

The study of language across time and space has long been a research focus at Berkeley. Faculty and students deploy a range of methodologies to investigate language change, diversification and geographical diffusion, and areal dynamics. These include archival and philological methods, computational and experimental methods, fieldwork, and typological analysis, in addition to drawing on evidence from archaeology, history, and human genetics in reconstructing the history and prehistory of people and their languages.