COLL-E 103 22732 Language and Thought (Franks)(A & H) (3 cr.)

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?

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