THE UNIVERSITY of EDINBURGH
DEGREE REGULATIONS & PROGRAMMES OF STUDY 2007/2008
Current Issues in Language Evolution (P01632)
This course will survey the current hot topics and controversial issues in the study of the evolution of language, focussing on the close reading of very recent research papers (including some yet to be published) in addition to a selection of "modern classics" in the field. The course will map out what the key points of debate and active research are and cast a critical eye on the directions the field is taking.
? This course is not available to visiting students.
? Pre-requisites : Origins and Evolution of Language (P1593) or equivalent
? Co-requisites : Student must be registered on the MSc in the Evolution of Language and Cognition (unless permission is granted by the course organiser in advance)
Home subject area
? Normal year taken : Postgraduate
? Contact Teaching Time : 2 hour(s) per week for 9 weeks
First Class Information
All of the following classes
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Students will gain: an up-to-date interdisciplinary understanding of the field of language evolution; the ability to extract the important points from a research paper and summarise that paper in a presentation; effective skills for debate and discussion of both pros and cons of a particular argument; training in the preparation of peer-review commentary.
Each student will prepare 4 mock "peer-reviews" on papers chosen from the selection provided for the course. These will require the student to put themselves in the place of a referee looking at the paper for inclusion in a journal. They should summarise the paper, give strong and weak points, make a recommendation on whether it should be published and any changes that might be necessary.
Contact and Further Information
The Course Secretary should be the first point of contact for all enquiries.
Miss Toni Noble
Dr Simon Kirby
School Website : http://www.ppls.ed.ac.uk/
College Website : http://www.hss.ed.ac.uk/