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LING240 Language, Brain and Being Human

Investigation of human language to discover how the mind works and where the mind ends: at the brain, the body, or in machines?

Soon we will talk to artificial minds: minds that were created not by natural evolution, but by human design. We will use human language to discover how the mind works and where the mind ends: at the brain, the body or beyond? We will look at language as symbol, as a network and as ecology. After studying what language is, we examine competing theories of how our species evolved language in the first place.

Paper title Language, Brain and Being Human
Paper code LING240
Subject Linguistics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
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Prerequisite
36 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
LING 240 focuses on its graduate attributes through using materials and research that cut across many disciplines (linguistics, psychology, philosophy, computer science, anthropology, neuroscience), developing oral presentations, modelling and implementing a scaffolded debate format, and having some work done within groups.
Eligibility
This paper is open to all students.
Contact
Dr Hunter Hatfield, hunter.hatfield@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Hunter Hatfield
Teaching Arrangements
26 lectures and 8 tutorials
Textbooks
A course reader will be used.

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 16:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 16:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Monday 15:00-15:50 29, 31, 33-34, 36, 38-40
T2 Monday 16:00-16:50 29, 31, 33-34, 36, 38-40