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BA English Language and Russian / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
Language, Mind and Brain
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Linguistics & English Language|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
Knowledge and understanding
On completion of the unit students will be able to:
- Distinguish the differences and similarities between language and other communication systems
- Evaluate the role of the brain in developing and employing language, including key arguments surrounding issues such as modularity of mind
- Critically assess scholarly and scientific claims from the literature, and the arguments supporting them
- Engage in interdisciplinary group discussions to compare competing approaches and hypotheses, using evidence-based reasoning
- Research and prepare coherent written communications
- Understand the fundamental role of the brain in developing and using language.
- Identify the differences and similarities between language and other communication systems
- Recognise and understand the key arguments surrounding issues such as modularity of mind.
- Support an argument using evidence and reasoning.
- Critically assess scholarly and scientific claims and the arguments supporting them.
- Compare competing hypotheses and bring evidence to bear in selecting between them.
- Read and interpret scientific articles.
- Write brief essays providing evidence and reasoning in favour of a scientific claim.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Writing skills
- Independent study skills
- Time management skills
- Critical thinking skills
|Written Exercise||N/A (formative)|
|Feedback Method||Formative or Summative|
|Written feedback on written exercises||Formative and summative|
|Score for quizzes on completion in Blackboard||Summative|
|Additional feedback on written exercises in consultation hours or by appointment||Formative and summative|
Osborne, Lawrence (1999). A Linguistic Big Bang. New York Times Magazine, pp. 83-89.
Petitto, L. A. (1999). The acquisition of natural signed languages. In C. Chamberlain, J. Morford, & R.Mayberry (Eds.), Language acquisition by eye, pp. 41-50.
Terrace, H. S. (1979). How Nim Chimpsky changed my mind. Psychology today, November 1979. p. 65-76.
Martin, Laura. (1986). "Eskimo Words for Snow": A Case Study in the Genesis and Decay of an Anthropological Example. American Anthrolpologist, New Series, 88(2), pp. 418-423.
Tisljár-Szabó, Eszter & Rossu, Renáta & Varga, Veronika & Pléh, Csaba. (2014). The Effect of Alcohol onSpeech Production. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research. 43(6), 737-748.
Sutton-Spence, Rachel and Napoli, Donna Jo (2012). Deaf jokes and sign language humor. Humor 25(3), p.311-337.
Elsabbagh, Mayada and Karmiloff-Smith, Annette (2006). Modularity of Mind and Language. In Brown, K.(ed.) The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, SecondEdition. p.218-224.
Palacek, Martin. (2017). Modularity of Mind: Is It Time to Abandon This Ship? Philosophy of the SocialSciences 47(2), p.132-144.
Bellugi, Ursula (1992). Language, Spatial Cognition, and Brain Organization. In Neuropsychology: The Neuronal Basis of Cognitive Function, Vol. 2. Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc., p. 207-222.
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|Wendell Kimper||Unit coordinator|