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Humans uniquely are the big-brained animals with language. Explore what language is, how your mind makes it happen, and thereby what it means to be human.
Soon we will talk to artificial minds: minds that were created not by natural evolution, but by human design. In this paper, we will use human language to discover how the mind works and where the mind ends: at the brain, the body or beyond? We 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|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2
Semester 2 (On campus)
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$913.95|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,073.40|
- LING 240
- Schedule C
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- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
Summarise arguments from complex resources
Differentiate theories of the human mind and language
Propose a model of the human language faculty
Assess and evaluate competing theories of language evolution