BIOLOGICAL
AND
PSYCHOLOGICAL
FOUNDATIONS OF
HUMAN LANGUAGE
語言生理心理基礎

Spring 2001     Wednesday (禮拜三) 16:10-18:00   文學院144

* * * CLICK HERE TO EXPLORE LANGUAGE AND MIND ON THE WWW * * *
(Also try the links for each topic in the class schedule)
 
YOUR TEACHER
James Myers (麥傑)
文學院247
Tel: 31506
Email: Lngmyers at ccu dot edu dot tw
http://www.ccunix.ccu.edu.tw/~lngmyers
Thursday (禮拜四) 10-12, or set up another time
YOUR TEACHING ASSISTANT
YOUR OTHER TEACHING ASSISTANT
陳韻予(Andrea)
文學院123
g8915001@ccunix.ccu.edu.tw
Wednesday(禮拜三)13:00-14:00
賴昱達(Yu-da)
圖書館110
spn6794@ms17.hinet.net
Thursday(禮拜四)9:00-10:00

GOALS

After a few months, you will know something about...          
  • what makes human language human
  • how language works in the brain
  • what babies are telling us about the nature of language
  • how DNA might affect language
  • what happens to language between your ears and mouth
  • how scientists study all of these things
  •  
    TEXTBOOK Pinker, Steven (1994) The Language Instinct. William Morrow & Co.
    洪蘭譯(1998)語言本能。商周出版。
    *** IMPORTANT ***
    YOU MUST BUY THIS TEXTBOOK!
    PIRACY (非法翻印) WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!
     
    GRADING SYSTEM
     
    Homework is due at the beginning of class. Exams will be short. Questions in the homework might be in English, but you may give answers in Chinese. Questions in the tests will be in Chinese!

    SCHEDULE ( * marks when homework is due)
     
    (Note: If clicking on a topic does nothing, then there's nothing there yet!)
    WEEK TOPICS/ACTIVITIES READINGS
    2/21 What is this class about?  
    2/28 NO CLASS: 和平紀念日  
    3/7 Is language an "instinct"? Pinker 第1、2章
    *3/14 Does language create thought? Pinker 第3章
    3/21 How does language work? Pinker 第4章
    *3/28 What are words made out of? Pinker 第5章
    4/4 NO CLASS: 春假  
    4/11 Where are the sounds of language? Pinker 第6章
    4/18 TEST 1  
    4/25 How does language go in and out? Pinker 第7章
    5/2 Is there only one human language? Pinker 第8章
    *5/9 Why is babytalk so complicated? Pinker 第9章
    5/16 Is there "language DNA"? Pinker 第10章
    *5/23 How did human language get started? Pinker 第11章
    5/30 What will be the future of human language?  
    6/6 TEST 2  
     
    SOME OTHER GOOD BOOKS ABOUT (PSYCHO)LINGUISTICS

    Aitchison (1998) The Articulate Mammal. Routledge.

    Akmajian, Demers and Harnish (1995) Linguistics: An Introduction to
    Language and Communication.
    (Fourth Edition). MIT Press.

    Carroll (1999) Psychology of Language (Third Edition).
    Brooks/Cole.

    Crystal (1997) The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language (Second
    Edition). Cambridge University Press.

    Fromkin and Rodman (1998) An Introduction to Language (Sixth
    Edition). Harcourt Brace College Publishers.

    Jackendoff (1994) Patterns in the Mind: Language and Human
    Nature.
    Basic Books.

    O'Grady and Dobrovolsky (1996) Contemporary Linguistic Analaysis:
    An Introduction.
    (Third Edition). Copp Clark Ltd.

    謝國平(1996)語言學概論(八版)。三民書局印行。

    趙元任(1968)中國話的文法。丁邦新譯(1980)。中文大學出版社。