USE Biography

BLAKE LOPEZ, Harvard sophomore studying Classics & Linguistics.

Major: Classics and Linguistics

College/Employer: Harvard

Year of Graduation: 2024

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I'm really interested in how Latin turned into the Romance languages. I've studied Latin and Ancient Greek since high school and have also studied French, German, Italian, Swedish, Old French, Old Irish, and Proto-Indo-European.

Past Classes

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H113: Historical Linguistics: The Life Story of Languages in Splash Splash Spring 2022 (Apr. 23 - 24, 2022)
Five thousand years ago, English, Spanish, Russian, Hindi, and dozens of other languages across Eurasia were all a single language called Proto-Indo-European, which was never written down and which nobody still speaks. How can we claim the existence of a language that was never written down? How do we know that modern languages were once the same language, and how exactly can languages differentiate and change so drastically throughout history? In this introduction to Historical Linguistics, we'll answer all these questions and more and learn the meaning behind specific terms like "sound change," "analogy," and "(linguistic) genetic relationship."