Lecture Details :
One of the most uniquely human abilities is the capacity for creating and understanding language. This lecture introduces students to the major topics within the study of language: phonology, morphology, syntax and recursion. This lecture also describes theories of language acquisition, arguments for the specialization of language, and the commonalities observed in different languages across cultures.
Course Description :
Introduction - Foundations: This Is Your Brain - Foundations: Freud - Foundations: Skinner - What Is It Like to Be a Baby: The Development of Thought - How Do We Communicate?: Language in the Brain, Mouth - Conscious of the Present; Conscious of the Past: Language - Conscious of the Present; Conscious of the Past - Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Love - Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Evolution and Rationality - Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Emotions - Why Are People Different?: Differences - What Motivates Us: Sex - A Person in the World of People: Morality - A Person in the World of People: Self and Other - What Happens When Things Go Wrong: Mental Illness - The Good Life: Happiness