College of Arts and Sciences | Language And Thought
E103 | 17156 | Franks


COLL-E103 17156 Language And Thought (Steven Franks) (A & H) (3 cr.)
4:40PM - 5:30PM MW
See Schedule of Classes for discussion section times

This course examines the nature of human language from a variety of
perspectives and explores the complex interrelationship between
language and thought. It introduces 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:  A primer with Exercises various
articles, t.b.a.

The honors discussion will be run by the professor. (The three
regular discussions will be run by an AI.) Honors students will be
assigned extra topical readings and will be required, in addition to
completing the regular homework assignments and exams, to write a
short paper.