Seminar on Language and Thought|
Spring 2019 not offered
This course is an advanced seminar on the relationship between language and thought, a central question in cognitive science and a very active area of research and theory in recent years. Students will be exposed to theoretical and empirical work evaluating the hypothesis that the language you speak influences or even determines the thoughts you can think. The case studies to be evaluated will include object kinds, number, spatial relations, time, gender, theory of mind, and causality.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PSYC)
Primary source readings from empirical journals and selected review papers in books or journals. Readings will draw on empirical studies in psychology with a particular emphasis on cross-linguistic and cross-cultural studies. The theoretical foundation will draw from psychology as well as philosophy, linguistics, and anthropology. Authors to be read include Boroditsky, Carey, Carruthers, Clark, Fodor, Gleitman, Gordon, Jackendoff, Landau, Laurence, Locke, Margolis, Pinker, Slobin, Spelke, and Whorf.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Presentations, weekly response papers, and one final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Only one Wesleyan Univ. course can be taken as non-graded towards the major.