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LING140 Language, Brain, and Being Human

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
Paper code LING140
Subject Linguistics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 2 (Distance learning)
Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $913.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,073.40

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Restriction
LING 240
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact

hunter.hatfield@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Dr Hunter Hatfield

Textbooks

All course materials available online.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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

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Timetable

Semester 2

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

Semester 2

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 14:00-14:50 29, 31, 33-34, 36, 38-40
A2 Monday 15:00-15:50 29, 31, 33-34, 36, 38-40

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
Paper code LING140
Subject Linguistics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2022 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2022 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Restriction
LING 240
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact

hunter.hatfield@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Dr Hunter Hatfield

Textbooks

All course materials available online.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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

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Timetable

Not offered in 2022

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard