CS 789: Special topics in Languages acquistion and origins

Course Contents:

Child's acquisition of phonology, lexicon, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and mappings; Grounding issues in language acquisition; Origin and evolution of speech sounds, lexicon, syntax, semantics, intentional use, Agent and population models, Bootstrapping, Modularity-nonmodularity debate; Critical periods; Rules vs connectionist approaches; Sign language, synchronic and diachronic change, creolization.