PSYC 110 - Lecture 6 - How Do We Communicate?: Language in the Brain, Mouth and the Hands

Lecture 6 - How Do We Communicate?: Language in the Brain, Mouth and the Hands

Overview

One of the most uniquely human abilities is the capacity for creating and understanding language. This lecture introduces students to the major topics within the study of language: phonology, morphology, syntax and recursion. This lecture also describes theories of language acquisition, arguments for the specialization of language, and the commonalities observed in different languages across cultures.

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Assignment

Gray, Peter. Psychology (5th edition), chapter 11

Pinker, Steven. "The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language." In The Norton Psychology Reader. Edited by Gary Marcus. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2006. pp. 97-107

Baker, Mark C. "The Atoms of Language: The Mind's Hidden Rules of Grammar." In The Norton Psychology Reader. Edited by Gary Marcus. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2006. pp. 108-114

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