Baltin, Collins, Gouskova, Szabolcsi. Offered every semester. 4 points. Nature or nurture? Linguistics is a science that systematically addresses this puzzle, and it offers a uniquely interesting support for the answer: both. Language is a social phenomenon, but human languages share elaborate and specific structural properties. The conventions of speech communities exist, exhibit variation, and change within the strict confines of universal grammar, part of our biological endowment. Universal grammar is discovered through the careful study of the structures of individual languages, by cross-linguistic investigations, and the investigation of the brain. In this way, linguistics mediates between cognitive science and social science. This course introduces some fundamental properties of the sound system and of the structure and interpretation of words and sentences, set into this context.

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4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Summer 2017

Rebecca Charlotte Anne Laturnus
MTWR: 4:00 PM - 5:35 PM 10WP 104
Adina M Williams
MTWR: 4:00 PM - 5:35 PM 10WP 104

Fall 2017

Maria Gouskova
TR: 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM SILV 401
Zachary Scott Jaggers
R: 4:55 PM - 6:10 PM 10WP 104
Mary Katherine Robinson
R: 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM 10WP 104

Spring 2018

Anna Szabolcsi
TR: 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM SILV 520
Hadas Kotek
MW: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM 194M 306