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ENG423A: Current Issues In Linguistics

Course Description

Course Description: The course introduces students to some of the recent developments in the study of language within the field of Linguistics.

Course Prerequisites: Interest in issues of language and cognition

Course Schedule: Wed/Thu/Fri 11:00am-12:00noon (Synchronous Lectures with recordings of the lectures to be uploaded on this platform)

Course Content

Introductory remarks: What is linguistics and who is a linguist?

Language and Cognition: What the relationship means to the study of language

Field of Study: Different perspectives on the study of language, language structure (Phonology, Morphology, Lexicon, Syntax, Semantics, Logic), Context of use (Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics), Cognitive underpinnings of language (Cognitive Linguistics, Psycholinguistics), Language history (Philology, Comparative Linguistics)

Prescriptive, descriptive and generative traditions in the study of language

Epistemology: Rationalism and empiricism

Internalism and Externalism: Accounts of the faculty of language as modular and amodular

Cognitive Linguistics: Assumptions and practice

Universalism and Relativism: Linguistic universals, thought, and experience

Major questions: discussion

Course Audience

Students of IIT Kanpur crediting HSS Level II

Outcomes of this Course

The course hopes to sensitize the students to the place of language in human cognitive and cultural spaces.