LING 734. Language Evolution. 3 Hours.

Human language demonstrates a level of complexity not found in the communicative systems of other species. This course focuses on the development of human language, so as to obtain a better understanding of the origin and development of human language. Questions addressed include: what features of language are distinct from other communicative system, when did human language originate, in what stages did human language evolve, and how does language relate to properties of the human brain and mind? Data from a variety of disciplines will be considered, including primatology, human development, cognition, evolutionary biology, archaeology, and linguistics. (Same as ANTH 734.) Prerequisite: ANTH 106 or LING 106 or ANTH 107 or LING 107 or ANTH 736 or LING 708 or ANTH 725. LEC.