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Does anyone here know anything about historical linguistics? Specifically, I'm hoping to find a little more information on what different people consider to be the strongest programs and any tips for applying next fall.


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My interests are generally pretty varied. I'm really interested in comparitive historical linguistics, etymology, semantics, phonology, socioling, and germanic linguistics. I've looked a little bit at Cornell and at Harvard, but I'm not too certain about what other schools might be a good fit.

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I would think UPenn would be a good fit for you. They have Tony Kroch, Beatrice Santorini and Don Ringe. And of course, Bill Labov.

Plus, it's overall a very strong program, so you'll be fine even if you change your focus.

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