College Of Arts And Sciences | Structure and Meaning in Language
S103 | 0210 | Dekydtspotter, L.


Topic: How do we make sense? From Inuit to English.
This seminar will blend discussions of problems related to the sense
ability with selected empirical problems (of interpretation).
Students will be introduced to tools of inquiry that will be useful
in a number of domains: phrase structure rules, first order logic and
set theory. These will be introduced as needed and do not require
previous knowledge. The goal will be to show how these tools can be
revealing of some aspects of language, and raise further questions.
We will characterize language fragments in class together. Student
homework will be short-guided exercises and reflective essays on the
results achieved in class together.