Only open to students that are admitted to the Minor Brain and Cognition.
In this 5 EC course we will discuss experimental studies and comparative analyses of the language and communication systems of human and non-human animals. We will specifically focus on the human language system and on comparative studies involving songbirds and human infants.
Upon completion of this course, students will:
- Gain knowledge about recent theories and (comparative) experimental studies in the field of language and communication in humans and non-human animals;
- Understand the difference between language and communication; and
- Understand the similarities and differences of vocal learning in humans and non-human animals.
Mode of Instruction
8 2-hour seminars
The timetable for this course can be found on this website.
Always keep an eye on Blackboard and check with your course coordinator for potential changes.
- Group presentation (20%) about a proposition concerning evolution of language. Students will grade each others’ presentations (40%) and will receive a grade by the lecturers (60%)
- Exam (80%)
Weighted average of these two components should be > 5.5 to pass. Attendance of lectures is not obligatory but lecture content is obligatory study material.
Resit for presentation: give presentation for lecturers.
- Journal articles, to be announced
For questions about enrolment, please contact the coordinator of the minor in Brain and Cognition
For questions about the course, please contact the course coordinators:
Dr. J. Witteman