We shall read and discuss two books, The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language by Steven Pinker, and The 'Language Instinct' Debate: Revised Edition by Geoffrey Sampson.
Teaching will involve a mixture of lecture and seminar methods. Students should be ready to discuss issues in class.
Students will be expected to write an essay on a topic from the course.
The two books mentioned above will be used every week, and students should bring copies to the class.
The class will be given in English.