Language Acquisition

Subject Name: 
Cognitive Science
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Hampshire College
This course will examine language learning from a cognitive perspective and consider the relative contributions of genetics and environment to the process of language acquisition. In the course we will examine how children learn words, how they learn to put words together to form sentences and how they learn to use language appropriately in social situations. We will look at children learning two or more languages simultaneously and at children who, in very rare cases, have been altogether deprived of language. We will look at language learning under conditions of significant environmental deprivation such as when children are born blind or deaf and also look at language learning in children with cognitive impairments such as those born with William's syndrome. Time permitting, we will discuss clinical conditions in which there is significant involvement of the language system such as autism, and childhood aphasia. The course will emphasize reading and discussion of primary literature.
Mind, Brain, and Information Writing and Research Quantitative Skills In this course, students are expected to spend at least six to eight hours a week of preparation and work outside of class time. This time includes reading, writing, research.
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Course Sections

Language Acquisition
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0 Joanna Morris 10:30AM-11:50AM TU;10:30AM-11:50AM TH Adele Simmons Hall 221;Adele Simmons Hall 221