Researching the nexus between language and thought
This course reviews the current debate on the relationship between language and thought. It discusses opposing theories that have been put forward in the field, phylogenetic and ontogenetic aspects of language and thought, and prominent case studies presenting evidence in relation to linguistic relativity. The impact of second language acquisition and bilingualism on individuals’ thought and thinking is also considered. Research methods that have been and are prevalent in the field are contrasted and evaluated throughout the course.
Upon completion of the course, doctoral students should be able to
- critically review different theories used in the description of the language and thought nexus,
- critically assess historical and contemporary scholarly debates on the relationship between language and thought,
- compare and evaluate methods to investigate phenomena related to language and thought,
- critically review scientific articles published in the field, and
- present arguments in both oral and written modes in English.
Admission to a doctoral program.
Assessment takes the form of oral presentations and individual written hand-in assignments.