LING 105 - Honors Seminar in Language and Mind
Section: 001
Term: WN 2012
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
Credits:
3
Other:
Honors, Theme
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Students will be introduced to inquiry into the nature of the human mind (individual cognitive psychology) with particular focus on the Chomskyan Revolution in Linguistic Theory, within which "language" study constitutes a revealing inquiry into the nature of human cognitive capacities. The kinds of questions to be examined include:

  1. What is (a)language? What is English? Where is it?
  2. What is the human mind?
  3. When you see things, how does that work? Is there a little projector showing a film **in your head**!!? And if so, who is watching that film?
  4. Close your eyes; Think of and/or visualize the exact route you would take from your current location back to your dorm. Again, is there a little movie **in your head**?!! Is there a map **in your head**? and you "read" it?
  5. Suppose I say to you "Add 7 and 9 and 15"." Are there little numbers (or sounds of them?) or better yet a symbol-manipulating calculator **in your head**? If not, how are you managing this feat? What happens when you do this? If it's not happening in your head, is it in your knee? Does your mental calculator have limits, hence inherent (investigable) properties? Is there a (in principle surgically removable) place in your brain where the "7" appears when you perform such addition operations?<
  6. Suppose I say "John hit the clown with the twinkie on his head yesterday." What does that mean? Does it have just one meaning — or more? How can a single stimulus have multiple meanings? Is there something in your head? How did you "learn" what you know about it, even though you've never heard it before? Did someone give you a lesson about this exact sentence?

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LING 105 - Honors Seminar in Language and Mind
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001 (SEM)
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28364
Open
2
2Y1
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 0465054617
Patterns in the mind : language and human nature, Author: Ray Jackendoff., Publisher: Basic Books [Nachdr.] 1994
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