Term: Fall 2019
LING 217 Language and Mind
The structure of linguistic knowledge and how it is used during communication. The principles that guide the acquisition of this system by children learning their first language, by children learning language in unusual circumstances (heritage speakers, sign languages) and adults learning a second language, bilingual speakers. The processing of language in real-time. Psychological traits that impact language learning and language use.
LING 372 Meaning, Concepts, and Words
A cognitive approach to the structure of meaning from the perspetive of the language system. The brain’s finite collection of stored concepts, which are combined and recombined via predetermined principles. The system of associating combinations of concepts with combinations of words and sentences to produce an unlimited number of novel thoughts.
Prerequisite: at least one course in linguistics, psychology, or cognitive science.
Term: Spring 2020
LING 266 Cognitive Foundations of Meaning Change
Linguistic, cognitive, and communicative structure explored through phenomena involving systematic semantic change. Why evolution in the meanings of forms follows what seem to be constrained trajectorial paths. Are such semantic change derivable from the organizational properties of the human cognitive system or the dynamics of rational communication?
Prerequisite or corequisite: One from LING 112, 231, 263, 275, or 361 or permission of instructor.