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syllabus - Language and Cognition(FRS 130 Spring 2008...

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Language and Cognition (FRS 130, Spring 2008) – weekly syllabus Instructor: Mirjam Fried Date Topic Reading due (Mondays) Writing due (M or W) 2/4 - 6 Language & Cognition: introduction communication & cognition; major aspects of language (lexicon, morphosyntax, sounds); meaning & form; types of linguistic signs; languages of the world; what linguists do with (or to?) language Burling – Ch. 1 (We) 2/11 - 13 Meaning, thought, and (a touch of) reality concepts & linguistic meaning; semantic organization; categorization; polysemy vs. homonymy; semantic decomposition Burling – Ch. 2 P. Kay et al . [33] G. Lakoff [40] report on one paper (M) 2/18 - 20 CANCELLED 2/25 - 27 Speaking the truth, or making sense propositional logic & meaning as truth; meaning as understanding; prototypes; basic level categories; changes in meaning E. Rosch [21] J.R. Taylor [14] Ch.J. Fillmore [25] report on one paper (M) data analysis (W) 3/3 -5 ‘Pullet surprises’ and other mysteries of word formation definition(s) of a ‘word’; structure of words; lexical vs.
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