Undergraduate Course: Universals of Language (LASC10100)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course provides an overview of current explanations of language universals, with a focus on new empirical approaches to understanding how language structure might be shaped by the human cognitive system
This course provides an overview of current explanations for language universals, with a focus on new empirical approaches to understanding how language structure might be shaped by the human cognitive system. We will consider universals of language structure in phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. In each domain we will discuss in detail recent empirical advances and their implications for the field.
The course is aimed at students with a background in linguistics and a broader interest in cognitive science, language acquisition, language variation and change, and/or the evolution of language.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 Linguistics/Language Sciences courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate critical understanding of major debates about language universals.
- Demonstrate knowledge of empirical methods used to study the psychological underpinnings of language universals.
- Critically identify outstanding questions, problems or issues in research on language universals.
- Work with others to offer solutions to outstanding questions in the study of language universals.
- Communicate ideas about specialised research questions in writing.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||18 one hour lectures
|Course organiser||Dr Jennifer Culbertson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5510
|Course secretary||Ms Lynne Robertson
Tel: (0131 6)50 9870