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The emergence of language in the human mind - AAA500173
Anglický název: The emergence of language in the human mind
Zajišťuje: Ústav anglického jazyka a didaktiky (21-UAJD)
Fakulta: Filozofická fakulta
Platnost: od 2021
Semestr: letní
Body: 0
E-Kredity: 5
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:0/2, Z [HT]
Počet míst: neurčen / 15 (neurčen)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst: ne
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Úroveň:  
Další informace: https://dl1.cuni.cz/course/view.php?id=8744
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
Garant: Eva Maria Luef, Ph.D.
Vyučující: Eva Maria Luef, Ph.D.
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Kateřina Bělehrádková (05.02.2022)
Studies of the emergence of language focus on the evolutionary and developmental factors that affect the acquisition and auto-organization of a linguistic system. Emergent accounts of language emphasize the extent to which a complex set of communicative behaviors and forms arise from a few simple mechanisms. Thus, they essentially describe moments in time when non-linguistic systems become linguistic. Language development is divided into distinct stages, where the appearance of one property depended on another that preceded it. Identifying structures within emerging systems allows us to analyze interdependencies and contraints imposed by linguistic developments. Naturally, the study of the origin and emergence of language is a highly interdisciplinary endeavor. Recent advances in the brain and cognitive sciences spurred a surge of scientific interest in language emergence, with evidence coming from comparative psychology, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and theoretical linguistics. This seminar will survey a cross-section of modern theories, methods and research pertaining to the emergence of language from an evolutionary perspective.
Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Kateřina Bělehrádková (05.02.2022)

NOTE

There is no textbook for this course; readings and other class notes will be posted on Moodle. The reading list may be subject to change.

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Kateřina Bělehrádková (05.02.2022)

LITERATURE

Christiansen, M. H. & Chater, N. (2015). The language faculty that wasn’t: A usage-based account of natural language recursion. Frontiers in Psychology, DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01182

Dunbar, R. (2004). Gossip in evolutionary perspective. Review of General Psychology, 8/2, 100-110.

Luef, E. M. (2018). Tracing the human brain’s classical language areas in extant and extinct hominids. In E. M. Luef & M. M. Marin (Eds.), The talking species: Perspectives on the evolutionary, neuronal and cultural foundations of language (pp. 29-56). Graz: Uni-Press.

Hillert, D. (2015). On the evolving biology of language. Frontiers in Psychology, DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01796

Jackendoff, R. (2011). What ist he human language faculty? Two views. Language, 87/3, 586-624.

Rakoczy, H. (2017). Theory of mind. In B. Hopkins, E. Geangu, & S. Linkenauger (Eds.), The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development (pp. 505-512). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781316216491.081.

Pagel, M. (2016). Darwinian perspectives on the evolution of human languages. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 24, 151-157.

Pepperberg, I. (2013). Evolution of communication and language: Insights from parrots and songbirds. In M. Tallerman & K. R. Gibson (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of language evolution (pp. 109-119). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Schlenker, P., Chemla, E., Schel, A. M., Fuller, J., Gautier, J.-P., Kuhn, J., Veselinović, D., Arnold, K., Cäsar, C., Keenan, S., Lemasson, A., Ouattara, K., Ryder, R., & Zuberbühler, K. (2016). Formal monkey linguistics. Theoretical Linguistics, 42/1-2, 1-90. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/tl-2016-0001.

Siew, C. Q. S., Wulff, D. U., Beckage, N. M., & Kenett, Y. N. (2019). Cognitive network science: A review of research on cognition through the lens of network representations, processes, and dynamics. Complexity, Art. ID: 2108423. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1155/2019/2108423

Slater, P. (2013). Bird song and language. In M. Tallerman & K. R. Gibson (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of language evolution (pp. 96-101). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Steward, C. (2019). Order in a chaotic world: Introducing the Chaos Theory. URL: https://medium.com/swlh/order-in-a-chaotic-world-introducing-the-chaos-theory-2b3884497071

Tomasello, M. (2018). How children come to understand false beliefs: A shared intentionality account. PNAS, 115/ 34, 8491-9498. 

Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Eva Maria Luef, Ph.D. (07.02.2022)

REQUIREMENTS

-         Oral presentation in class

-         Homework assignments

-         Final exam

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Eva Maria Luef, Ph.D. (07.02.2022)

SYLLABUS

 

Session

Topic

Required Readings

1

What is emergence? Self-organizing systems, equilibria, and entropy

2

Chaos and complexity in language development

Steward, 2019

3

Percolation theory and complex networks

Siew et al., 2019

4

Darwinian selection and the origins of language

Hillert, 2015

Pagel, 2016

5

Co-opting brain structures in language evolution

Luef, 2018

6

A theory of mind, joint attention, referentiality

Tomasello, 2018

Rakoczy, 2017

7

The syntax of bird songs

Slater, 2013

Pepperberg, 2013

8

Socio-pragmatic origins of human communication

Dunbar, 2004

9

Are primates good models for language evolution?

Gibson, 2013

Schlenker, 2016

10

Universal Grammar and the shrinking language faculty

Christiansen & Chater, 2015

Hauser, Chomsky & Fitch, 2002

11

Recursion in language and elsewhere in the mind

Jackendoff, 2011

12

Emergent categories in first language acquisition

Student presentations

13

Second language as an emergent system

Student presentations

 

 
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