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COS525: Biolinguistics and Computational Organology (CS, Perception)

This course introduces students to state-of-the-art research on the human language faculty. The road to be traveled will take us to the more biologically oriented area of cognitive science with a fair bit of philosophy of language, from Cartesian philosophy and the mind/brain distinction all the way to the 21st century reappraisal of Darwin’s evolutionary theory, evo–devo, and genetics in relation to (human) language. The lectures will also introduce specific studies on language acquisition and impairment, from different angles, thereby including psycho- and neurolinguistic aspects of human language. The true focus of the course is thus an introduction to the challenge posed by interdisciplinarity: How can findings of theoretical linguistics be integrated with the rest of cognitive science — and indeed with biology, or the natural sciences at large? Although generative grammarians have always advocated a cognitive science perspective, in practice few concrete attempts have been made at genuine collaboration.

  • Κωδικός: COS525
  • ECTS: 10
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