Netherlands, Utrecht

Evolution of Language

when 22 August 2016 - 26 August 2016
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 350

Human language is complex and results from interacting simpler systems, which each may have had a long evolutionary history of its own. Nevertheless, the way these modules are integrated into a working system has been novel as well as recent. Relevant issues that will be addressed in this course include: uniquely human and/or linguistic; evaluation of core properties of human language from gestural or vocal systems of animal communication; evaluation gradual or saltational and exaptive; the primary function of language as communication or an efficient way of organising cognitive systems.

Course leader

Prof. dr. Frank Wijnen

Target group

No specific background knowledge required. Targeted at BA audience.

Course aim

To allow students to gain an elementary understanding of the issues surrounding language evolution.

Fee info

EUR 350: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 150: Course + course materials

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