LING 102 - First Year Seminar (Humanities)
Section: 001 Human Language in Science and Nature
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
Requirements & Distribution:
Honors, FYSem
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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In recent years research about human language has more and more often found its way into the pages of Science and Nature, the world's two leading weekly journals of general science. This is a significant change in how human language is being investigated. Some of the topics covered include brain imaging, the study of language disorders, connections between paleobotany and the history of language families, and the application to historical linguistics of algorithms developed for inferring genetic phylogeny. By studying selected language-related reports from these journals, this seminar will examine this development and what it means for traditional boundaries dividing natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Teams of 2 or 3 students will be asked to investigate selected topics and present them clearly to the rest of the class. Visits will also be invited from UM faculty doing research at these disciplinary boundaries.

LING 102 - First Year Seminar (Humanities)
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001 (SEM)
7LSA Hnrs Y1
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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