Laura Wilbur Mcgarrity
Study of language and meaning, and survey of several influential modern approaches, including the semantic, general semantic, behavioral, and analytic philosophical. Relates theories of language and meaning to the study of speech communication.
The central goal of this course is to develop an understanding of what language is, how it is structured, and how it is used in the wider context. With this goal in mind, we will address the following themes: -- The difference between language and communication -- The acquisition of language -- The connection between language, thought, and identity -- The use of language in different personal, cultural and political contexts
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
There will be a series of short, weekly, written reading responses, weekly in-class quizzes, and 2 exams (a midterm and a final).