Fall 2012

Title:  Speaking our minds.

Course Description:

Language is perhaps the most fundamental of human abilities - it forms our thoughts, expresses our feelings, and creates our relationships with other people.  This course explores the ways in which the study of human language (linguistics) help us to better understand the nature of human beings - our brains, our minds, and our social structures.  We look at a wide range of topics - from the ways in which language is organized in the human brain, to the ways in which we acquire, produce and perceive language, to the ways in which our beliefs and opinions about our languages and the languages of others can shape the history and development of societies all around the world.