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Specialisation seminar: The origins of language

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Kod przedmiotu: 2510-f1ENG2S-SS-OOL Kod Erasmus / ISCED: (brak danych) / (0231) Języki obce
Nazwa przedmiotu: Specialisation seminar: The origins of language
Jednostka: Wydział Humanistyczny
Grupy:
Punkty ECTS i inne: 3.00 (zmienne w czasie)
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Język prowadzenia: angielski
Całkowity nakład pracy studenta:

(tylko po angielsku) Contact hours with teacher:

- participation in the seminar - 30 hrs

- individual feedback (office hours, email, Moodle) - 5 hrs


Self-study hours:

- required reading - 20 hrs

- home assignments - 20 hrs


Altogether: 75 hrs (3 ECTS)

Efekty uczenia się - wiedza:

(tylko po angielsku) W1. The undergraduate has advanced knowledge on the recent interdisciplinary research on language evolution (K_W03)


W2. The undergraduate has knowledge on the interdisciplinary applications of the evolutionary approach in the humanities and social sciences (K-W06)

Efekty uczenia się - umiejętności:

(tylko po angielsku) U1. The undergraduate can search for, analyse, evaluate, select and use information from a variety of sources, and assess its credibility and academic status (K_U01)


U2. The undergraduate can employ a variety of techniques and information channels to communicate effectively with experts on language evolution studies (K_U05)


U3. The undergraduate can apply evolutionary logic and the evolutionary paradigm to interpreting a broad range of linguistic, social and cultural phenomena (K_U06)


U4. The undergraduate is able to plan and prioritise the tasks assigned by themselves or the instructor, and effectively monitor the timely progress of their execution. (K_09)

Efekty uczenia się - kompetencje społeczne:

(tylko po angielsku) K1. The undergraduate is aware of the level of their knowledge and skills, understands the need for constant learning and is able to work and assume various roles in a team. (K_K01)

Metody dydaktyczne podające:

- opis
- wykład konwersatoryjny

Metody dydaktyczne poszukujące:

- ćwiczeniowa
- projektu
- referatu
- seminaryjna

Metody dydaktyczne w kształceniu online:

- gry i symulacje

Skrócony opis: (tylko po angielsku)

An interdisciplinary seminar devoted to discussing the most recent approaches to the evolution of the human language faculty. It includes elements of general evolutionary theory, cognitive sciences, and linguistics.

The main objective of the course is to make students acquainted with the current thinking on the evolutionary emergence of language in hominids. A supplementary goal is to make the students aware of the strenghts as well as potenatial risks of applying the adaptationist perspective to viewing the cognitive skills of humans (and other animals). The course is also geared to equip students with basic theoretical tools for analysing a broad range of extralinguistic phenomena in the spirit of evolutionary psychology.

Pełny opis: (tylko po angielsku)

Course contents (THE NUMBERS OF HOURS ARE APPROXIMATE):

1. Introduction (learning outcomes, course contents, methods and evaluation criteria, code of conduct) (2h)

2. Evolution – the building blocks (4h)

3. Language evolution – introduction (2h)

4. Adaptationism (4h)

5. Signalling theory (4h)

6. Gestural and multimodal theories of language origins (4h)

7. Experimental semiotics and cultural evolution

8. Evolutionary psychology (2h)

9. Final test and feedback (2h)

Literatura: (tylko po angielsku)

Gould, S.J., R.C. Lewontin. 1979. “The Spandrels of San Marco and the Panglossian Paradigm: A Critique of the Adaptationist Programme”.

Hauser, M., Chomsky, N. & Fitch T. (2002). The Faculty of Language: What. Is It, Who Has It, and How Did It Evolve? Science 298, 1569-1579.

Hewes, G.W. 1996. “A history of the study of language origins and the gestural primacy hypothesis”.

Hurford, J.R. 1999. The evolution of language and languages. In: R.I.M. Dunbar, Chris Knight and Camilla Power [eds.]. The Evolution of Culture. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Krebs, J.R., R. Dawkins. 1984. “Animal Signals: Mind-Reading and Manipulation”

Pinker, S. (1995), The Language Instinct: The New Science of Language and Mind, Harmondsworth: Penguin Books.

Pinker, S. & Jackendoff, R. (2005). The Faculty of language: What’s special about it? Cognition 95 (2), 201-236.

“Why we are, as we are”. The Economist.

“Ten Politically Incorrect Truths About Human Nature”. Psychology Today.

=Optional texts=

Bickerton, D. 2005. „Language Evolution: a Brief Guide for Linguists”. http://derekbickertonmore.com/

Deacon, T.W. 1997. The Symbolic Species. The Co-evolution of Language and the Human Brain. London: Penguin Press

Fitch, T.W. 2005. „The evolution of language: a comparative review”. Biology and Philosophy 20, ss. 193-230

Hurford, J. 2007. The Origins of Meaning. Oxford University Press.

Maynard Smith, John., Harper, David. 2003. Animal Signals. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Pinker, S. & Paul Bloom. 1990. „Natural language and natural selection”. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 13 (4): 707-784.

Metody i kryteria oceniania: (tylko po angielsku)

* 25% participation, including in the online classes - W1, W2, U1, U2, U3, K1

* 10-20% tests: 2-3 quizzes on the required readings - W1, W2, U1, U2, U3, U4

* 55-65% assignments: 2-3 assignments on the readings + 1 group presentation + 1 main assignment - W1, W2

Numerical scores:

fail – 0-59 %

satisfactory – 60-69 %

satisfactory plus – 70-75 %

good – 76-85 %

good plus – 86-90 %

very good – 91-100 %

Zajęcia w cyklu "Semestr letni 2019/20" (zakończony)

Okres: 2020-02-29 - 2020-09-20
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Koordynatorzy: Sławomir Wacewicz
Prowadzący grup: Sławomir Wacewicz
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