COLL-E 103 25951 Language and Thought (Franks) (3 cr.) (A & H)

This course examines the nature of human language from a variety of perspectives and explores the complex interrelationship between language and thought. It serves to introduce students to current language-related issues in the social and behavioral sciences, addressing questions such as: How is human language structured? What does it mean to “know” a language?; How is this knowledge acquired?; What happens when linguistic ability is impaired? To what extent are language and thought independent?; Is language a uniquely human capacity?; How can human languages differ?; What properties do they all share?; What are Sign Languages? How do languages change?

Readings:
S. Pinker, The Language Instinct
F. Parker & K. Riley, Linguistics for Non-Linguists
various articles, to be announced

Recommended Readings (Required for Hutton Honors College students)
Jean Aitchison, The Seeds of Speech
Donna Jo Napoli, Language Matters