Topic: Thinking through Language
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Math & Science Center - W307C
“The limits of my language are the limits of my world.” Ludwig Wittgenstein
Content: How do words capture human experience? Does language shape thought? Do people who speak different languages think differently? Could cross-linguistic cognitive differences be tools for investigating the role of experience and language in the acquisition and representation of knowledge? Because of new experimental evidence, all these questions are today at the center of the debate about the extent to which language influences nonlinguistic cognition. In this course, using an interdisciplinary approach (linguistics, literature, philosophy, psychology and cognitive anthropology), and observing and participating in some of the research conducted in the CLS (cognitive and linguistic system lab) at Emory University, we will investigate the broadly conceived theme of language and the human mind.
Readings: Students will use a selection of articles available on reserve for this course.
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