Postgraduate Course: Origins and Evolution of Language (LASC11112)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||A survey of the main issues in the evolution and origins of the human language faculty and of actual human languages.
The course sets out a basis of relevant facts accumulated from a range of disciplines within and outwith Linguistics, including animal behaviour, evolutionary theory, computer modelling, genetics, language acquisition, paleontology, archaeology.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 27,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One 3000 word assignment
Assignment Deadline: Thursday 3rd December 2015, 12 noon
Maximum word limit: 3000 words
Assignment Return Date: 15th January 2016
||Tutorials: they involve ensuring the concepts explained in the lectures are well understood. The last lecture will explain what is expected from the essays and essay answers (structure and content wise).
Comments provided on submitted assessments
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- speak and write informedly and responsibly about the origins of language
- know how to keep track of fresh developments in the field, and be able to put such developments in perspective
|Croft, W. (2013) Evolution: Language use and the evolution of languages. In K. Smith and P. Binder (eds.) The Language Phenomenon. Springer.|
De Boer, B. (2000). Self organization in vowel systems. Journal of Phonetics, 28, 441-465.
Dediu, D. & Levinson, S. (2014). The time frame of the emergence of modern language end its implications. In D. Dor, C. Knight & J. Lewis (eds.) The social origins of language. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 184-195.
Dor, D. (2014) The instruction of imagination: language and its evolution as a communication technology. In In D. Dor, C. Knight & J. Lewis (eds.) The social origins of language. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 105-128.
Fitch, W.T. (2010) The Evolution of Language. Cambridge University Press (main source of readings; we will read chapters 1,2,4,7,8,9,12,13,14)
Haiman, J. (1994). Ritualization and the Development of Language. In W. Pagliuca, (Ed.) Perspectives on Grammaticalization (pp. 1-28). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Heine, B., and Kuteva, T. (2002). On the Evolution of Grammatical Forms, Chapter 18 of A. Wray (Ed.), The Transition to Language. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Hurford, J.R. (2014). Origins of Language: A Slim Guide. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Chapters 1, 2 and 4.)
Jackendoff, R. (2002). Foundations of language: Brain, meaning, grammar, evolution. Oxford: OUP.
McMahon, A. & McMahon, R. (2013). Evolutionary Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Chatpers 1 and 9.)
Tennie, C., Call, J. & Tomasello, M. (2009). Ratcheting up the ratchet: on the evolution of cumulative culture. Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society B. 364, 2405-2415. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2009.0052. http://www.eva.mpg.de/psycho/pdf/Publications_2009_PDF/Tennie_Call_Tomasello_2009.pdf
Tomasello, M., & Carpenter, M. (2007). Shared intentionality. Developmental Science, 10, 121-125. http://www.eva.mpg.de/psycho/staff/carpenter/pdf/Tomasello-Carpenter2007-shared-intentionality.pdf
Wynne, C. D. L. (2001). Animal Cognition: the mental lives of animals. Houndmills: Palgrave.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Attend all lectures as scheduled and one weekly tutorial.
|Course organiser||Dr Kenneth Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 3956
|Course secretary||Miss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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