French And Italian | Structure and Meaning in Language
S103 | 0210 | Dekydtspotter


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.