LING 492 - Topics in Linguistics
Fall 2021, Section 003 - Reverse Engineering the Human Language Faculty
Instruction Mode: Section 003 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
May be repeated for a maximum of 18 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/30/21 - 12/10/21 (see other Sections below)
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This course addresses the cognitive processes involved in language and conversation with a focus on mistakes, breakdowns, and language-related pathologies. Through this lens, we aim to "reverse engineer" the cognitive faculty of language. Students will learn what is known (and what is still unknown) about how language is processed. We will use these topics to learn about the relationship between theories and hypotheses in cognitive science and to explore a variety of state-of-the-art methods in the cognitive science of language.

Course Requirements:

Students will complete two mid-length writing assignments and one multi-media project. This course satisfies the Upper-level Writing Requirement.

Intended Audience:

Upper-level students in Linguistics and Cognitive Science


LING 492 - Topics in Linguistics
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
8/30/21 - 12/10/21
002 (SEM)
 In Person
Tu 1:00PM - 4:00PM
8/30/21 - 12/10/21
003 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
8/30/21 - 12/10/21

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