SEL8033 : Evolutionary Linguistics (Inactive)
- Inactive for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Prof. Maggie Tallerman
- Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
To examine recent theories of language origins and evolution from a linguistic perspective; to examine work on the physical evidence concerning the origins of language, especially from a linguistic perspective; to consider additional evidence from a biological, neurological, archaeological and palaeontological perspective.
Outline Of Syllabus
Three major themes are followed:
1. Human evolution and phylogeny
2. Prerequisites for language and issues of continuity with the communication systems of other species
3. Protolanguage and the evolution of syntax
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||11||2:00||22:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||70:00||70:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Skills practice||1||10:00||10:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||2||1:00||2:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Student-led group activity||1||20:00||20:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||64:00||64:00||N/A|
Jointly Taught With
|SEL3005||Language Origins and Evolution|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures introduce the relevant points of evolutionary biology as it pertains to language evolution, outline the main concepts and topics in evolutionary linguistics, give definitions and explanations, and discuss the primary hypotheses found in the evolutionary linguistics literature.
Seminars are intended as a forum to show that the student has read and digested primary literature, and can demonstrate the logic of the argumentation found in the readings for each class. Presentations from class members will be expected. Assignments will also be discussed in seminars.
Workshop teaches essay-writing skills.
Independent study is required for reading and writing the assessment.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||1||A||100||One submitted essay of 4000 words in typescript, title to be agreed between student and instructor on an individual basis.|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The written assignment allows assessment of a student’s in depth understanding of the concepts and issues covered, their grasp of the major hypotheses in the field, and their ability to argue cogently and concisely, including their ability to use correctly the technical terminology required in an evolutionary science. Advanced, logical argumentation skills will be expected and assessed.