LING056 - LANGUAGE EAST MEETS WEST

Knowledge of language is an extraordinarily complex object of study. What is the relationship between language and mind? Is language a social or individual phenomenon? Is linguistic structure shaped by nature or by convention? Are there limits to linguistic variation? This course explores how eastern and western traditions have approached these questions. Topics include the influence of different writing systems on grammatical traditions; linguistic diversity and language change in China and Europe, and the role of socio-historical context in its characterization; the development of linguistics as a science; the social role of language; language as a political tool, and its sensitivity to the political landscape; treatment of linguistic disorders; and the relationship between language and mind.
Section 301 - SEM
T 1030AM-1200PM
R 1030AM-1200PM
BIGGS, ALISON
WILLIAMS HALL 306
WILLIAMS HALL 304