Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2012-2013
ENGL 3035 Problems in Language
Prerequisite: ENGL 1102
Is there a language instinct? Is language a window into human nature? Does language shape thought? Is all of language a metaphor? Are there any linguistic universals? What are the cognitive differences between reading and writing? And why do some people fail to acquire language or lose their language faculty? These are just a few of the many questions that will be examined as we study how language gives rise to space, time, causation, number, agency, sex, and status. During this process, we will analyze the different ways that people learn and use language and understand how these differences surface in theory and practice.