LlBST 701 X CORE SEMINAR II: LANGUAGE, MIND, AND SOCIETY
Prof. Mark Patkowski
Office hours: M 5-5:50 all term, TH until 3/1, and by arrangement, 1420N
tel: 951. 5920 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Introduction to the fundamental properties of language and to the relationship of language, mind and
society. Topics include the formal nature of language; the genetic basis of language and language
acquisition; the relationship of language, society and power (issues of language diversity); the relationships
among language, thought, human nature and social organization.
-Pinker, S. (1994). The Language Instinct:
how the mind creates language.
-Packet of readings (available at
1. INTRODUCTION: WHAT IS LANGUAGE AND HOW IS IT ACQUIRED?
Th 1/31 Pinker: chapters 1 and 4
Tu 2/5 Pinker: chapters 2, 9 and 10
2. LANGUAGE DIVERSITY: ISSUES OF GENDER, ETHNICITY AND RACE (AND
Th 2/7 "Language Variation" from the Language Files.
Dillard: "Black English and Education"
Mellix: "From Outside In"
Agard: "Listen mr oxford don"
Th 2/14 Tannen: "Different Words, Different Worlds"
Lakoff: "Language and Woman's Place"
Span: "Women and Computers: Is There Equity in Cyberspace?"
Baron: "Why the Jury's Still Out on E-mail"
3. LANGUAGE AND MIND, HUMAN NATURE AND SOCIAL ORGANIZATION
Tu 2/19 Pinker: chapters 3 and 13
Th 2/21 Searle: "Consciousness as a Biological Problem"
Blakeslee:"The conscious mind is still baffling to experts of all stripes"
Bickerton: "Language and Consciousness"
Tu 2/26 Chomsky: "Language and Freedom"
McGilvray: "Human Nature and Ideal Social Organization"
Tu 1129 The Human Language Series Part I: Discovering the Human Language
Tu 2/5 The Human Language Series Part ll: Acquiring the Human Language
Tu 2/19 The Animal Mind Part Ill: Consciousness
Tu 2/26 NOVA: Secrets of the Mind