On completion of this module, students should have – aquired knowledge and understanding of contemporary findings and theories concerning selected areas of language, psycho- and neurolinguistics. – aquired knowledge and understanding of contemporary findings and theories concerning selected areas of comparative cognition – gained knowledgde on selected areas of human and non-human communication systems and their development – gained understanding about the differences and interactions between communication and language – knowledge about selected paradigms and model systems – understands the differences and parallels of vocal learning in human and non-human animals
This course addresses experimental and comparative analyses of cognition in the context of human language and animal communication systems. Special attention will be given to experimental studies into our human linguistic system, and to current comparative research focussing on bird song and human speech.
Selected primary literature.
Mode of Teaching
“Textbook knowledge” is acquired via lectures, and self-study of primary literature. Handouts and other material will be made available via the digital learning environment Blackboard.
2-3 short written examinations (‘day tests’), quality and quantity of participation in the discussions and lectures as well as marks for short presentation and 1-page paper.