Postgraduate Course: Universals of Language MSc (LASC11139)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||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.
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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
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 original solutions to outstanding questions in the research on typology
- communicate ideas about specialised research questions in writing
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Jennifer Culbertson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5510
|Course secretary||Miss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188