Courses of Study 2013-2014 
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Courses of Study 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PSYCH 4270 - [Evolution of Language]

(also COGST 4270 )
Fall. 3 credits.

Prerequisite: any one course in psychology or human development. Next offered 2014-2015. Enrollment limited to: juniors or seniors. Co-meets with PSYCH 6270 .

M. Christiansen.

Seminar surveying a cross-section of modern theories, methods, and research pertaining to the origin and evolution of language. Considers evidence from psychology, the cognitive neurosciences, comparative psychology, and computational modeling of evolutionary processes. Topics for discussion may include: What does the fossil record tell us about language evolution? What can we learn from comparative perspectives on neurobiology and behavior? Can apes really learn language? Did language come about through natural selection? What were the potential preadaptations for language? What is the relationship between phylogeny and ontogeny?

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